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Intergenerational Solidarity

  • Sakari TaipaleEmail author
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Abstract

This chapter considers whether and how changes in the maintenance of digital home and familial relationships might be linked to the ways in which intergenerational family solidarity is expressed in extended families. Drawing upon Bengtson and Roberts’s intergenerational solidarity model, the argument is made that new media and communication technologies are associated, in particular, with associational and functional forms of intergenerational solidarity, while normative, affectual and consensual forms of solidarity are expressed to a far more limited degree. Country differences in the manner and extent to which new technologies and applications are used for intra-family communication are identified and discussed, as is the impact of personal health conditions on the employment of these technologies for family communication.

Keywords

Digital technologies Family norms Functional help Health condition Intergenerational solidarity Living arrangements 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of JyväskyläJyväskyläFinland

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