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Sharing Lives

Adult Children and Parents, 1st Edition

By Marc Szydlik


210 pages

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Sharing Lives explores the most important human relationships which last for the longest period of our lives: those between adult children and their parents. Offering a new reference point for studies on the sociology of family, the book focuses on the reasons and results of lifelong intergenerational solidarity by looking at individuals, families and societies.

This monograph combines theoretical reasoning with empirical research, based on the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE). The book focuses on the following areas:

● Adult family generations, from young adulthood to the end of life, and beyond

● Contact, conflict, coresidence, money, time, inheritance

● Consequences of lifelong solidarity

● Family generations and the relationship of family and the welfare state

● Connections between family cohesion and social inequality.

Sharing Lives offers reliable findings on the basis of state-of-the-art methods and the best available data, and presents these findings in an accessible manner. This book will appeal to researchers, policymakers and graduate students in the areas of sociology, political science, psychology and economics.


"…the most advantageous element of Sharing Lives: Adult Children and Parents is the

numerous empirical findings based on the high-quality SHARE data."

Antti O Tanskanen, University of Turku, Finland

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Concepts and contexts

3. Crisis? What crisis?

4. Contact: Staying in touch

5. Conflict: Quarrels and fights?

6. Space: Living together

7. Money: Financial support

8. Time: Who helps, who cares?

9. Inheritance: To him that hath

10. Conclusions

About the Author

Marc Szydlik is Professor of Sociology at the University of Zurich. He previously worked at the German Institute for Economic Research, the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, the Free University of Berlin and the University of Erfurt. He was a visiting scholar at Harvard, Columbia, Oxford, Stanford and Cambridge Universities, and has published widely in the field of generations.

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Routledge Advances in Sociology

This series presents cutting-edge developments and debates within the field of sociology. It provides a broad range of case studies and the latest theoretical perspectives, while covering a variety of topics, theories and issues from around the world. It is not confined to any particular school of thought.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General