Changing times: older people and family ties

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:
Changing times: older people and family ties

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This chapter discusses the extent to which the family experiences of older people are likely to change over the next 30 years. It argues that as the lifecourse — in terms of both its family and non-family aspects — becomes somewhat less certain and more varied, so too the family relationships within individuals' personal networks are liable to be more diverse and more open to change. It presents a brief cameo from a study of stepfamily kinship, then concludes with a reiteration of the importance of a lifecourse perspective for understanding family life.

Keywords: older people; family ties; lifecourse; family relationships; personal networks; stepfamily kinship

Chapter.  3363 words. 

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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