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Family practices in later life$
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Pat Chambers

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420534

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420534.001.0001

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Changing times: older people and family ties

Changing times: older people and family ties

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(p.99) Nine Changing times: older people and family ties
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Family practices in later life
Author(s):

Pat Chambers

Graham Allan

Chris Phillipson

Mo Ray

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847420534.003.0009

This chapter discusses the extent to which the family experiences of older people are likely to change over the next 30 years. It argues that as the lifecourse — in terms of both its family and non-family aspects — becomes somewhat less certain and more varied, so too the family relationships within individuals' personal networks are liable to be more diverse and more open to change. It presents a brief cameo from a study of stepfamily kinship, then concludes with a reiteration of the importance of a lifecourse perspective for understanding family life.

Keywords:   older people, family ties, lifecourse, family relationships, personal networks, stepfamily kinship

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