How to balance generations: solidarity dilemmas in a European perspective

Svein Olav Daatland

in Valuing older people

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9781847422927
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304173 | DOI:
How to balance generations: solidarity dilemmas in a European perspective

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Population ageing is a challenge to intergenerational solidarity, both privately within families and publicly in society. Concerns are raised about family as well as societal solidarity. This chapter explores intergenerational solidarity from both the parent and adult child perspective by comparing countries that represent quite different family cultures. It aims to discuss the context and character of intergenerational solidarity to have a better understanding of how ageing and older age is perceived in modern Europe. The findings suggests that filial responsibility norms are stronger and more unconditional in the south, while filial independence is comparatively stronger in the north, as indicated by a preference for services instead of obligating children or other family members. They also indicate that family care is constructed from both sides of the relationships.

Keywords: population ageing; intergenerational solidarity; societal solidarity; modern Europe; filial responsibility

Chapter.  6715 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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