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Being older

Bill Bytheway

in Unmasking age

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9781847426185
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304128 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847426185.003.0006
Being older

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Early in life, we learn the distinction between childhood and adulthood and as we pass through the former, through educational institutions in particular, we learn to appreciate and accept the distinctions that are associated with age status and chronological age. In this chapter, five types of relationship and their relation to age are explored. The parent and child relationship socialises children into a social order that incorporates age. The significance of relative age in determining the character and course of interpersonal relations among people of similar age for siblings and couples are presented. Social networks also serve a critical role for support in later life. Further, the concept of succession and how age relations are often based more on seniority than chronological age are also discussed.

Keywords: childhood; adulthood; relationships; siblings; couples; social networks; seniority

Chapter.  8226 words. 

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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