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Family and Community Life of Older People : Social Networks and Social Support in Three Urban Areas - Professor Chris Phillipson

Family and Community Life of Older People

Social Networks and Social Support in Three Urban Areas

Hardcover Published: 30th November 2000
ISBN: 9780415205306
Number Of Pages: 304

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Family life has changed rapidly over te past fifty years and the number of people living longer increases year on year Family and Community Life of Older People revisits three areas (Bethnal Green in London, Wolverhampton in the Midlands and Woodford in Essex) which were the subject of classic studies in the late 1940s and 1950s and explores changes to the family and community lives of older people. The book examines issues such as:
*changes in household composition
*changes in the geographical proximity of kin and relatives
*the extent and type of help provided by the family
*contact and relationships with neighbours
*relationships with friends
*involvement in social and leisure activities
*experiences of minority ethnic groups.
These questions are explored through a unique set of data including census material, and survey data from interviews with over 600 older people. A key finding is that over the past 50 years we have moved from an old age experienced within the context of the family group to one shaped by personal communities in which friends may feature as significantly as immediate kin and relatives.
Family and Community Life of Older People is a major contribution to the sociology of the family, of ageing, and of urban life and points up the social policy issues for an ageing society.

List of platesp. ix
List of tablesp. x
Copyright acknowledgementsp. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xii
Background to the researchp. 1
Growing old: other pasts; other placesp. 3
Social networks and social support in old agep. 20
The social context of ageing: community, locality and urbanisationp. 35
Empirical findingsp. 53
Household structure and social networks in later lifep. 55
Growing old in urban communitiesp. 81
Social support in late life: the role of family and friendsp. 118
Issues and concernsp. 133
Managing support in old agep. 135
Ties that bind: relationships across the generationsp. 161
Family care and support in ethnic minority groupsp. 187
The social world of older people: the experience of retirement and leisurep. 229
Conclusionp. 249
From family groups to personal communities: social capital and social change in old agep. 251
Personal network diagramp. 266
Notesp. 267
Bibliographyp. 274
Indexp. 283
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ISBN: 9780415205306
ISBN-10: 0415205301
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 30th November 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1

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