The Third Edition of this popular and widely-used text provides a comprehensive introduction to the study of aging, exploring the key behavioral and social science theories, concepts, and methods.
This new edition of Ageing in Society has been extensively rewritten and reflects new trends in European gerontology, incorporating recent developments in theory and research from international and interdisciplinary perspectives. The book is in two sections. In the first, contributors provide an overview of key issues in the study of biological, psychological, and social aging. The second section critically examines interdisciplinary perspectives on health, social protection, work and retirement, social relations, environments, cultural images of aging, cognitive aging, and the management of individual lifestyles.
Ageing in Society was developed by the British Society of Gerontology to fulfill the need for an authoritative introduction to social gerontology. As such, it is an ideal resource for students and lecturers in the social and behavioral sciences throughout the UK and Europe, as well as for students and practitioners in health and social care.
Chapter 9: Personal Relationships in Later Life
Personal Relationships in Later Life
The Nature of Personal Relationships
We have not entitled this chapter ‘the family’ and older people. Even if people's family or personal lives have always involved a complex range of relationships and behaviours, until recently they have been studied within a fairly rigid set of assumptions about kinship behaviour and the ‘institution of the family’. Recent theorising suggests that we no longer inhabit an institution of the family, but construct it as we experience the changing influences and manifestations of personal relationships. Family is what people feel and perceive it to be, and there is ‘less emphasis on what the family is for and more on what families – in all their guises – ...