Intergenerational Relations, Inequality, and Social Justice

  • Karen S. Cook
  • Shawn Donnelly
Part of the Critical Issues in Social Justice book series (CISJ)


Various authors have recently begun to connect the literatures on intergenerational relations and gerontology with the work on social justice (e.g., Norris, 1987). This chapter attempts to relate two specific literatures within this broader field of current research. We take one of the dominant theoretical perspectives in Sociology, social exchange theory, and extend it to apply to intergenerational relations.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karen S. Cook
    • 1
  • Shawn Donnelly
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SociologyDuke UniversityDurhamUSA

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