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Families in Ageing SocietiesA Multi-Disciplinary Approach$
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Sarah Harper

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199251162

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199251169.001.0001

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Intergenerational Relationships among Stepfamilies in the UK

Intergenerational Relationships among Stepfamilies in the UK

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(p.82) 5 Intergenerational Relationships among Stepfamilies in the UK
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Families in Ageing Societies
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Sarah Harper (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199251169.003.0006

This chapter examines grandparenting as an integral part of intergenerational relationships in stepfamilies. It argues that rather than creating a new order of relationships between generations, divorce and family change may represent solidarity with the past, whereby family solidarity is required for survival rather than a matter of free will or lifestyle choice. The care of elders, gift giving and inheritance, and relationships with ex in-laws and step in-laws are discussed.

Keywords:   stepfamilies, family relations, grandparenting, United Kingdom, elderly care, gift giving, inheritance, in-laws

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