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“The ideal supplement for your introductory aging or social gerontology courses, Worlds of Difference, Third Edition, is the only book for undergraduates that addresses the diversity of aging experiences in society by race, gender and social class. “The virtue of this book is that it makes a multicultural, systems of inequality approach to the study of aging accessible to students and it does so by letting people from privileged as well as disadvantaged perspectives speak for themselves”…. Robin Moremen, Northern Illinois University.”

Grandparenting Styles: Native American Perspectives
Grandparenting styles: Native American perspectives

Grandparental roles among contemporary North American Indians are expressed across a range of activities, purposes, and levels of intensity. The ways these components fit together are so varied as to be identified as distinct grandparenting styles. These five grandparenting styles are identified below as: cultural conservator, custodian, ceremonial, distanced, and fictive.

Freedom of choice in the creation of one's particular brand of grandparenthood is considerable. Some American Indian grandparents petition their children for the privilege of primary care responsibilities for one or more grandchildren with considerable success. When parents are reluctant to relinquish care of a child to its grandparents, individuals who relish continuing child care responsibilities past their childbearing years activate alternative strategies of both traditional ...

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