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Generations and the life course

Generations and the life course
Generations and the life course
The unprecedented population ageing trend has been recognised as a challenge as well as an opportunity for modern societies. With rapid changes in the demographic composition of societies and the structure of families, generations and the life course as a topic are crucial to everyday family life and of interest to policymakers and scholars globally. This chapter reviews existing evidence on different types and directions of intergenerational support exchanges within the UK and beyond, highlighting differences in cultural expectations and norms of exchange. A better understanding of the changing patterns in household size, living arrangements, financial resources, public and family care provision, and emotional support in developed and less developed regions contribute to challenging assumptions of a generational conflict or divide, and informing policies and practices which help to improve the wellbeing of current and future cohorts of older people around the world.
lifecourse, intergenerational support, generations, Exchange
Edward Elgar
Vlachantoni, Athina
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Yang, Yazhen
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Ellison, Nicholas
Haux, Tina
Vlachantoni, Athina
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Yang, Yazhen
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Ellison, Nicholas
Haux, Tina

Vlachantoni, Athina and Yang, Yazhen (2019) Generations and the life course. In, Ellison, Nicholas and Haux, Tina (eds.) Society and social policy – challenges in the twenty-first century. Edward Elgar. (In Press)

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The unprecedented population ageing trend has been recognised as a challenge as well as an opportunity for modern societies. With rapid changes in the demographic composition of societies and the structure of families, generations and the life course as a topic are crucial to everyday family life and of interest to policymakers and scholars globally. This chapter reviews existing evidence on different types and directions of intergenerational support exchanges within the UK and beyond, highlighting differences in cultural expectations and norms of exchange. A better understanding of the changing patterns in household size, living arrangements, financial resources, public and family care provision, and emotional support in developed and less developed regions contribute to challenging assumptions of a generational conflict or divide, and informing policies and practices which help to improve the wellbeing of current and future cohorts of older people around the world.

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Accepted/In Press date: 14 October 2019
Keywords: lifecourse, intergenerational support, generations, Exchange

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Local EPrints ID: 435053
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/435053
PURE UUID: 119d41a1-2948-44d2-9afa-e4cdb62923e5
ORCID for Athina Vlachantoni: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-1539-3057
ORCID for Yazhen Yang: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-4740-7292

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Date deposited: 21 Oct 2019 16:30
Last modified: 16 May 2020 00:50

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Author: Yazhen Yang ORCID iD
Editor: Nicholas Ellison
Editor: Tina Haux

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