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Renewing the Family: A History of the Baby Boomers

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Part of the INED Population Studies book series (INPS, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Catherine Bonvalet, Céline Clément, Jim Ogg
    Pages 1-13
  3. Baby Boomers in the Family

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Catherine Bonvalet, Céline Clément, Jim Ogg
      Pages 17-40
    3. Catherine Bonvalet, Céline Clément, Jim Ogg
      Pages 41-63
  4. Baby Boomers Against the Family

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. Catherine Bonvalet, Céline Clément, Jim Ogg
      Pages 67-86
    3. Catherine Bonvalet, Céline Clément, Jim Ogg
      Pages 87-108
  5. Baby Boomers in Alternative Families

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-109
    2. Catherine Bonvalet, Céline Clément, Jim Ogg
      Pages 111-139
    3. Catherine Bonvalet, Céline Clément, Jim Ogg
      Pages 141-168
  6. Baby Boomers with the Family

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 169-169
    2. Catherine Bonvalet, Céline Clément, Jim Ogg
      Pages 171-197
    3. Catherine Bonvalet, Céline Clément, Jim Ogg
      Pages 199-227
    4. Catherine Bonvalet, Céline Clément, Jim Ogg
      Pages 229-240
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 241-268

About this book

Introduction

​This book traces the history of the baby-boomers, beginning with an explanation of the cause of the post-war baby boom and ending with the contemporary concerns of ageing boomers. It shows how the baby-boomers challenged traditional family attitudes and adopted new lifestyles in the 1960s and 1970s. Drawing on 90 interviews conducted with baby boomers living in London and Paris, the book demonstrates how their aspirations for leisure and consumption converged with family responsibilities and obligations. It shows how the baby boomers emerged from an authoritative upbringing to challenge some of the traditional assumptions of the family, such as marriage and cohabitation. The rise of feminism led by the baby-boomers is examined, together with its impact on family forms and structures. The book shows how women’s trajectories veered between the two extremes of family and employment, swerving between the models of stay-at-home mother and working woman. It demonstrates how new family configurations such as solo parenting, and recomposed families were adopted by the baby boomers. Today, as they enter into retirement, the baby-boomers remain closely involved in the lives of their children and parents, although relationships with elderly parents are maintained primarily through a sense of duty and obligation. The book concludes that the baby boomers have both been influenced by and actors to the changes and transformations that have occurred to family life. They reconciled, and continue to reconcile, individualism with family obligations. As grandparents often with an ageing parent still alive, the baby boomers wish to keep the independence that has been the hallmark of their generation whilst not abandoning family life...

Keywords

Ageing boomers Authoritative upbringing Cause of the post-war baby boom Family responsibilities and obligations New lifestyles Traditional family attitudes

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.INEDParisFrance
  2. 2.Université Paris Ouest NanterreNanterreFrance
  3. 3.CNAVParisFrance

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Renewing the Family: A History of the Baby Boomers
  • Authors Catherine Bonvalet
    Céline Clément
    Jim Ogg
  • Series Title INED Population Studies
  • Series Abbreviated Title INED Population Stud.
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-08545-6
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-08544-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-36056-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-08545-6
  • Series ISSN 2214-2452
  • Series E-ISSN 2214-2460
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 268
  • Number of Illustrations 11 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Original French edition published by the INED, Paris, 2011
  • Topics Sociology of Family, Youth and Aging
    Population Economics
    Demography
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Reviews

“This is an excellent book and makes for a compelling read. The authors make a valuable contribution in documenting the many changes in family structure over the second half of the 20th century and into the 21st century, with a detailed portrait of a large generation that went along for the ride.” (Rosemary Venne, Canadian Studies in population, Vol. 42 (3-5), 2015)