Social inclusion of elders in families

Jim Ogg and Sylvie Renaut

in From exclusion to inclusion in old age

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9781847427731
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781447307693 | DOI:
Social inclusion of elders in families

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In this chapter, Jim Ogg and Sylvie Renaut explore debates around older people's involvement in multi-generational family relationships. Given that families have consistently been shown to provide the major context for the mitigation of social exclusion risks, the chapter's focus is on contemporary features of family relationships in European societies. Adopting an intergenerational perspective, the authors make the case that population ageing has not resulted in the weakening of family ties but signifies a changing balance between older and younger people in society. The chapter's conceptual framework reflects four key themes: the notion of intergenerational solidarity is viewed alongside the related ideas of intergenerational conflict and ambivalence; the changing dynamics in societies' acknowledgement and support for old age as a period of the life course; the need for social inclusion as a basis for ‘a society for all ages’; and the value of fostering intergenerational family policies.

Keywords: Intergenerational relations; Family; Ageing; Older people; Social exclusion; Social inclusion

Chapter.  8714 words. 

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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