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Contemporary Grandparenting


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Introduction: A new look at grandparenting ~ Virpi Timonen and Sara Arber; Section One: Grandparenting responding to economic and family transformations; Transformations in the role of grandparents across welfare states ~ Katharina Herlofson and Gunhild O Hagestad; The well-being of grandparents caring for grandchildren in rural China and the United States ~ Lindsey Baker and Merril Silverstein; Grandmothers juggling work and grandchildren in the United States ~ Madonna Harrington Meyer; Solidarity, ambivalence and multigenerational co-residence in Hong Kong ~ Lisanne SF Ko; Grandparenting in the context of care for grandchildren by foreign domestic workers ~ Shirley Hsiao-Li Sun; Section Two: Grandparenting indentities and agency; Being there yet not interfering: The paradoxes of grandparenting ~ Vanessa May, Jennifer Mason & Lynda Clarke; Grandparental agency after adult children's divorce ~ Virpi Timonen & Martha Doyle; Grandfathering: The construction of new identities and masculinities ~ Anna Tarrant; Understanding adolescent grandchildren's influence on their grandparents ~ Alice Delerue Matos and Rita Borges Neves; Social contact between grandparents and older grandchildren: A three generation perspective ~ Katharina Mahne & Oliver Huxhold; Grandparenting in the twenty-first century: New directions ~ Sara Arber & Virpi Timonen.

About the Author

Sara Arber is Professor of Sociology, and Co-Director, Centre for Research on Ageing and Gender (CRAG), University of Surrey, UK. She received the British Society of Gerontology Outstanding Achievement Award in 2011. Virpi Timonen is Associate Professor and founding director of the Social Policy and Ageing Research Centre at the School of Social Work and Social Policy in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.


"This book provides an extraordinary portrait of grandparenting in the 21st century and significantly advances the scientific study of intergenerational relations. The contributions from outstanding scholars cover a broad range of theoretical perspectives, with an international focus. This book is a must-read for everyone interested in the role of grandparents in contemporary society." --Karl Pillemer, Ph.D., Professor of Human Development, Cornell University. "This insightful and penetrating analysis shows how modern grandparenthood shapes and is shaped by the changing social and economic contexts of family relationships. The skilful integration of contributions from around the globe is a unique strength." --Anne Martin-Matthews, Department of Sociology, The University of British Columbia "Will the 21st century be the 'grandparents's century'? We may believe so from reading this collection of contributions by leading scholars from all over the world, showing how grandparents are becoming a 'pivot generation' within families and within society. One of the great qualities of this book is its demonstration of a phenomenon which still remains underestimated." --Claudine Attias-Donfut, Edgar Morin Center, Paris (CNRS -EHESS) (national center for scientific Research -Sciences High Studies School)

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