Synopses & Reviews
Increased longevity and better health are changing the nature of family life. In the context of changes in the world of work, increased divorce and a declining welfare state, multi-generation or "beanpole families" are a potential new resource for family support. Focusing on four-generation families and the two central careers of the life course--employment and care--Working and Caring over the Twentieth Century
maps men's and women's lives in twelve families from 1910 to the late 1990s. Drawing upon new research which employed biographical methods, the book provides unique insights into processes of change and continuity and the ways in which people make sense of their lives.
About the Author
is Professor of Sociology of the Family, Institute of Education, University of London.
Peter Moss is Professor of Early Childhood Provision at the Institute of Education, University of London and a researcher at the Thomas Coram Research Unit.
Ann Mooney is a research officer at the Thomas Coram Research Unit.
Table of Contents
Introduction * Introducing the Families * Part 1: Family Life and Employment Across the Generations
* Household Patterns of Employment, breadwinning and care over the generations * Fatherhood over the Generations * Motherhood over the Generations * Part 2: Family Life and Employment within Intergenerational Families
* Intergenerational Mobility: Processes of Reproduction and Innovation within Families * Transfers of Care and Support within Multi-Generational Families * Grandparenthood and the Pivot Generation * Conclusions