The Myth of Generational Conflict
The Family and State in Ageing Societies
The ageing of Western societies has provoked extensive sociological debate, surrounding both the role of the state and whether it can afford the cost of an ageing population, and the role of the family, especially women, in supporting older people.
In this important book, the authors examine how changes, such as cuts in welfare provision, migration, urbanization and individualisation influence intergenerational relations. The collection addresses theoretical and policy issues connecting age and generation with the family and social policy, and focuses both on cross-cultural comparison within societies and analysis based on a range of societies.
This edited collection brings together a range of leading researchers and theorists from across Europe to advance a sociological understanding of generational relations, in terms of the state and the family and how they are interlinked. It will be of interest to academics and researchers in sociology, social policy and ageing, and to policy makers concerned with the implications of demographic and policy changes.
Table of Contents
1. Equity and solidarity across the generations Claudine Attias-Donfut and Sara Arber 2. The redistributive effects of generational transfers Claudine Attias-Donfut and Francois-Charles Wolff 3. Complementarity between private and public transfers Claudine Attias-Donfut and Francois-Charles Wolff 4. Wealth distribution between generations: A source of conflict or cohesion? Lars Gulbrandsen and Asmund Langsether 5. Families apart? Intergenerational transfers in East and West Germany Martin Kohli, Harald Kunemund, Andreas Motel and Marc Szydlik 6. Generational relations and the law Marjatta Marin 7. Discontinuous change and generational contracts Henk Becker 8. Gender, the generational contract and pension privatisation Jay Ginn and Sara Arber 9. Trail-blazers and path followers: Social reproduction and geographical mobility in youth Gill Jones 10. The transmission of life stories from ethnic minority fathers to their children: personal resource to promote social integration. Catherine Delcroix 11. Reinventing the generational contract: anticipating caregiving responsibilities of younger Germans and Turkish migrants Dagmar Lorenz-Meyer and Angela Grotheer 12. Continuity and change: The family and community life of older people in the 1990s. Miriam Bernard, Judith Phillips, Chris Phillipson and Jim Ogg
Sara Arber is the President of The British Sociological Association, 1999-2001