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Family practices and family relationships

Pat Chambers, Graham Allan, Chris Phillipson and Mo Ray

in Family practices in later life

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9781847420534
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302346 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847420534.003.0001
Family practices and family relationships

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This chapter discusses the experiences of older people in the context of recent hypothesising about the nature of family life. It focuses on various approaches to intergenerational relationships and the lifecourse. It explores how family relationships are actively constructed and patterned in later life. It also examines how the concept of ‘family practices’ can be employed to improve understanding of the family ties that older people negotiate.

Keywords: family practices; family relationships; older people; family life; intergenerational relationships; family ties; lifecourse

Chapter.  6021 words. 

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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