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Contemporary grandparentingChanging family relationships in global contexts$
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Sara Arber and Virpi Timonen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781847429681

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847429681.001.0001

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Grandparenting in the 21st century: new directions

Grandparenting in the 21st century: new directions

(p.247) Twelve Grandparenting in the 21st century: new directions
Contemporary grandparenting

Sara Arber

Virpi Timonen

Policy Press

The final chapter provides an overview of how grandparenting is influenced by cultural norms and welfare policies, as well as global trends associated with demographic changes, migration and increases in women's employment. The importance of examining the doing of grandparenting is emphasised, together with the value of using a relational perspective to understand the negotiated nature of grandparent - adult child - grandchild relationships and the agency of each party within these three generational relationships. Key cross cutting dimensions include the salience of gender, age (or generation), marital status, and structured inequalities associated with class and material resources. The chapter shows how themes addressed in this book represent a rich arena for future research, given the rapid pace of relevant societal changes and the fact that grandparenting is increasingly at the fulcrum of family relationships.

Keywords:   Grandparenting, Family relationships, Family norms, Societal contexts, Agency, Global changes, Future directions

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