Western families are undergoing considerable change. The demographic ageing of societies is increasing the number of living generations, and decreasing the number of living relatives within these generations. These ageing societies are also seeing an ageing of some life- transitions, with individuals choosing to delay full economic independence from parents, formal adult union through marriage or committed long-term cohabitation, and parenting. Such demographic change is occurring within the context of a variety of new kin structures-stepfamilies, ethnic minority families, single-parent families, cohabiting couples. This volume takes an inter-disciplinary
research approach to consider the implications of demographic ageing for European and American families.
Readership: Scholars and students of Sociology, Politics, Demography, Social and Health Policy
Edited by Sarah Harper, Director, Oxford Institute of Aging, Oxford University
"...an excellent account of family change that will be of value to students, researchers and academics alike."
Sarah Harper: Introduction
1: Sarah Harper: The Challenge for Families of Demographic Ageing
2: Mike Murphy: Models of Kinship from the Developed World
3: W. Andrew Achenbaum: One Happy Family? Sources of Intergenerational Solidarity and Tension As Contemporary U.S. Society Ages
4: Frieder R. Lang: The Availability and Supportive Functions of Extended Kinship Ties in Later Life: evidence from the Berlin Ageing Study
5: Brian Dimmock, Joanna Bornat, Sheila Peace, and David Jones: Intergenerational Relationships Among Stepfamilies in the UK
6: Robert Anderson: Working Carers in the European Union
7: Richard W. Johnson and Anthony T. Lo Sasso: Family Support of the Elderly and Female Labour Supply: Trade-Offs Among Caregiving, Financial Transfers, and Work - Evidence from the U.S. Health and Retirement Survey
8: Martin Knapp, Julien Forder, Jeremy Kendall, and Linda Pickard: Social Care for Older People: The Growth of Independent-Sector Provision in the UK
9: Janet Finch: Inheritance and Intergenerational Relationships in English Families
10: Mary Elizabeth Hughes and Linda J. Waite: The American Family as a Context for Healthy Ageing