Paper $45.95 ISBN: 9781847429674 Published August 2012 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9781847429681 Published August 2012 For sale in North and South America only

Contemporary Grandparenting

Changing Family Relationships in Global Contexts

Edited by Sara Arber and Virpi Timonen

Contemporary Grandparenting

Edited by Sara Arber and Virpi Timonen

Distributed for Bristol University Press

270 pages | 10 tables, 5 figures | 6 x 9 | © 2012
Paper $45.95 ISBN: 9781847429674 Published August 2012 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9781847429681 Published August 2012 For sale in North and South America only
With rampant changes to family structures over the past decades, grandparenting has gained new and profound social and economic significance. Despite its importance, however, grandparenting’s many dimensions are still poorly understood. Contemporary Grandparenting provides a much-needed corrective to this. The first book to take a sociological approach to the new roles grandparents have, it combines new theories with up-to-date empirical findings in an effort to document the changing nature—across the globe— of these important family members.
Taking up this unprecedented task, the contributors here analyze how grandparenting changes under different welfare states and within different cultural contexts. It examines a range of specific topics, such as the breakdown of the nuclear family and the gender roles of grandfathers. Sensitive to the conflicting norms and expectations grandparents face, this book shows how they can act to forge new identities within today’s powerful societal and cultural constraints
List of tables and figures
Notes on contributors

1. A new look at grandparenting
      Virpi Timonen and Sara Arber
Part One: Grandparents responding to economic and family transformations
2. Transformations in the role of grandparents across welfare states
      Katharina Herlofson and Gunhild O. Hagestad
3. The wellbeing of grandparents caring for grandchildren in rural China and the United States
      Lindsey Baker and Merril Silverstein
4. Grandmothers juggling work and grandchildren in the United States
      Madonna Harrington Meyer
5. Solidarity, ambivalence and multigenerational co-residence in Hong Kong
      Lisanne S. F. Ko
6. Grandparenting in the context of care for grandchildren by foreign domestic workers
      Shirley Hsiao-Li Sun
Part Two: Grandparent identities and agency
7. Being there, yet not interfering: the paradoxes of grandparenting
      Vanessa May, Jennifer Mason and Lynda Clarke
8. Grandparental agency after adult children’s divorce
      Virpi Timonen and Martha Doyle
9. Grandfathering: the construction of new identities and masculinities
      Anna Tarrant
10. Understanding adolescent grandchildren’s influence on their grandparents
      Alice Delerue Matos and Rita Borges Neves
11. Social contact between grandparents and older grandchildren: a three-generation perspective
      Katharina Mahne and Oliver Huxhold
12. Grandparenting in the 21st century: new directions
      Sara Arber and Virpi Timonen

Review Quotes
Karl Pillemer, Cornell University

“This book provides an extraordinary portrait of grandparenting in the twenty-first 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.”

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