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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

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

Pat Chambers

Graham Allan

Chris Phillipson

Mo Ray

Policy Press

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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