Grandparenting

Authored by: Sara Arber , Virpi Timonen

Routledge Handbook of Cultural Gerontology

Print publication date:  June  2015
Online publication date:  June  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415631143
eBook ISBN: 9780203097090
Adobe ISBN: 9781136221033

10.4324/9780203097090.ch30

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Abstract

Contemporary grandparenting is at the centre of family relationships, but grandparenting practices are very different today than 50 years ago, and differ greatly across cultural contexts. To fully understand grandparenting, it is valuable to adopt a comparative and temporal perspective, taking account of cultural norms in different societies and broader societal changes over time. Consequently, grandparenting practices and the meaning of being a grandparent vary greatly between societies and within the same cultural context over time (Arber and Timonen 2012).

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