Brothers and sisters

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:
Brothers and sisters

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This chapter focuses on the contrast between the lack of interest in sibling relationships in later life in both sociology and gerontology and the way in which siblings feature in older people's own stories of ageing. It explores the way in which older siblings negotiate continuities — and manage the discontinuities — brought about by aging. It employs a lifecourse perspective grounded in critical gerontology in which individual and family biography, ageing, experience, and identity are vital.

Keywords: brothers; sisters; siblings; sociology; gerontology; ageing; lifecourse; family biography; identity; experience

Chapter.  4788 words. 

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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