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Families, Ageing and Social Policy

Intergenerational Solidarity in European Welfare States Edited by Chiara Saraceno, Honorary Fellow, Collegio Carlo Alberto, Turin, Italy
This important book offers valuable insights into the way in which social policies and welfare state arrangements interact with family and gender models. It presents the most up-to-date research in the field, based on a variety of national and comparative sources and using different theoretical and methodological approaches. The authors address different forms of support (care, financial, emotional) and employ a bi-directional perspective, exploring both giving and receiving across generations. They illustrate that understanding how generations interact in families helps to reformulate the way issues of intergenerational equity are discussed when addressing the redistributive impact of the welfare state through pensions and health services.
Extent: 336 pp
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Publication Date: 2008
ISBN: 978 1 84720 648 0
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  • Family and Gender Policy
  • Social Policy and Sociology
  • Ageing
  • Comparative Social Policy
  • Family and Gender Policy
  • Sociology and Sociological Theory
  • Welfare States
This important book offers valuable insights into the way in which social policies and welfare state arrangements interact with family and gender models. It presents the most up-to-date research in the field, based on a variety of national and comparative sources and using different theoretical and methodological approaches. The authors address different forms of support (care, financial, emotional) and employ a bi-directional perspective, exploring both giving and receiving across generations. They illustrate that understanding how generations interact in families helps to reformulate the way issues of intergenerational equity are discussed when addressing the redistributive impact of the welfare state through pensions and health services.

Encompassing a wide number of European countries as well as migrant groups, this book will greatly appeal to graduate students interested in sociology, social policy and social psychology. Researchers and policy makers in the fields of demography and sociology will also find the book an invaluable resource.
‘Families, Ageing and Social Policy overflows with fascinating facts about modern families. . . anyone with an interest in the role of the family in ageing societies should consult this volume.’
– Gemma Carney, International Journal of Ageing and Later Life

‘. . . this book encapsulates the state-of-the-art in the European intergenerational solidarity discourse. Scholars and students alike will find it very informative. For those new to the subject, the development of scholarly work on intergenerational solidarity in Europe is clearly sketched in the introduction. Those already familiar will appreciate the combination of innovative empirical chapters and thought-provoking theoretical chapters.’
– Niels Schenk, Ageing & Society

‘This book is a welcome contribution to the study of population ageing, social policies and intergenerational relationships in European families. Edited by a leading family sociologist this book offers fresh updates and clear, insightful analyses of demographic development, family arrangements and intergenerational solidarity. Highlighting continuity as well as complexity and change in intergenerational relationships, this timely book is essential reading for all scholars and students interested in the interplay of ageing, family change and policy reform.’
– Arnlaug Leira, University of Oslo, Norway

‘Families, Ageing and Social Policy is unique in that it uses a generational lens – at the micro-level of individual family members and at the macro-level of cohorts – as a mechanism for capturing the relational dynamics of lives at different points in the life course. It offers a valuable comparative analytic approach, considering both within-family generational ties and cross-cohort linkages as played out within different cultural and social welfare regimes. This book is ostensibly about Europe, but should be required reading for everyone interested in understanding the real-life relationships across generations within families and across population cohorts, as both play out on a moving platform of global transformation in ageing, fertility, immigration, gender roles, and social policy.’
– Phyllis Moen, University of Minnesota, US
Contributors: M. Albertini, C. Attias-Donfut, H. Baykara-Krumme, S. Billingsley, U. Björnberg, H. Ekbrand, G.O. Hagestad, M. Kalmijn, W. Keck, M. Kohli, J. Kopp, H. Künemund, T. Poggio, C. Saraceno, S. Sarasa, A. Steinbach, S. van der Pas, T. van Tilburg, F.-C. Wolff
Contents:

Preface

Introduction: Intergenerational Relations in Families – A Micro-Macro Perspective
Chiara Saraceno

1. The Book-ends: Emerging Perspectives on Children and Old People
Gunhild O. Hagestad

2. The Family as a Source of Support for Adult Children’s Own Family Projects: European Varieties
Martin Kohli and Marco Albertini

3. The Intergenerational Transmission of Home Ownership and the Reproduction of the Familialistic Welfare Regime
Teresio Poggio

4. ‘When will I see you again?’ Intergenerational Contacts in Germany
Anja Steinbach and Johannes Kopp

5. Intergenerational Relations Within the Family and the State
Harald Künemund

6. Personal and Household Caregiving from Adult Children to Parents and Social Stratification
Sebastian Sarasa and Sunnee Billingsley

7. The Relationship between Children and their Frail Elderly Parents in Different Care Regimes
Wolfgang Keck

8. The Effects of Separation and Divorce on Parent–Child Relationships in Ten European Countries
Matthijs Kalmijn

9. Intergenerational Contact and Support: The Long-Term Effects of Marital Instability in Italy
Marco Albertini and Chiara Saraceno

10. The Intergenerational Care Potential of Dutch Older Adults in 1992 and 2002
Theo van Tilburg and Suzan van der Pas

11. Intergenerational Solidarity and Social Structures in Sweden: Class, Ethnicity and Gender in Public and Private Support Patterns
Ulla Björnberg and Hans Ekbrand

12. Patterns of Intergenerational Transfers Among Immigrants in France: A Comparative Perspective
Claudine Attias-Donfut and François-Charles Wolff

13. Reliable Bonds? A Comparative Perspective of Intergenerational Support Patterns Among Migrant Families in Germany
Helen Baykara-Krumme

Index