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Generations: Connections across the life course


Szydlik, Marc (2012). Generations: Connections across the life course. Advances in Life Course Research., 17(3):100-111.

Abstract

Five kinds of connections are discussed in this paper: (1) Family generations are connected across the life course. Parents and (adult) children are linked by strong lifelong bonds. (2) At the same time, there are long-term connections between family and the state. For example, welfare state regulations affect the extent and patterns of intergenerational solidarity within families. (3) One can observe connections between generational bonds and social stratification. Over the life course, family solidarity leads to a cumulation of social inequality. (4) A theoretical model is offered which centrally proposes connections between individual needs and opportunities, families and cultural-contextual structures. (5) Connections between theoretical considerations and empirical research are discussed, taking help, care and inheritance as examples.

Abstract

Five kinds of connections are discussed in this paper: (1) Family generations are connected across the life course. Parents and (adult) children are linked by strong lifelong bonds. (2) At the same time, there are long-term connections between family and the state. For example, welfare state regulations affect the extent and patterns of intergenerational solidarity within families. (3) One can observe connections between generational bonds and social stratification. Over the life course, family solidarity leads to a cumulation of social inequality. (4) A theoretical model is offered which centrally proposes connections between individual needs and opportunities, families and cultural-contextual structures. (5) Connections between theoretical considerations and empirical research are discussed, taking help, care and inheritance as examples.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Sociology
Dewey Decimal Classification:300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
Language:English
Date:September 2012
Deposited On:08 Jan 2013 12:39
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 16:08
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:1040-2608
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.alcr.2012.03.002
Related URLs:http://www.journals.elsevier.com/advances-in-life-course-research/

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