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Experiencing Grandparenthood

An Asian Perspective

Mehta, Kalyani K., Thang, Leng Leng (Eds.)

2012, XIV, 166 p.

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  • First book to focus on grandparenting issues across different Asian societies which are facing rapid demographic and social and cultural transformations
  • Rich documentation of the current state of grandparenthood in Asia from three generations in families
  • Offers multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural views of intergenerational relationships within the Asian family

As the population of Asia grows older, attention turns to the growing numbers of grandparents, and the important family and societal roles they play. This book traces the socio-cultural, economic and family transformations in the role of grandparents that result from a century of modernization, urbanization and demographic aging.

 

Filling a gap in the current literature, Experiencing Grandparenthood: An Asian Perspective seeks to answer such vital questions as: What is the state of grandparenting in the Asian context today? How do the roles and functions of grandparents differ depending on rural-urban differences, their relations with daughters and daughters-in-law, and changing health of the grandparents?

 

This multidisciplinary, cross-national and inter-generational publication lends voice to the experience of grandparents in China, Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. The volume’s strength lies in its rich body of qualitative, three-generational data drawn from grandparents, link parents and grandchildren. Experiencing Grandparenthood: An Asian Perspective will benefit gerontologists, social researchers, anthropologists, social workers, policy makers, professionals working with aging families and family caregivers.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Ageing discourse - Asia - Filial Piety - Grandparenthood - Grandparenting - Intergenerational Relations - Life Course Perspective - Solidarity - Well-Being

Related subjects » Social Sciences - Wellbeing & Quality-of-Life

Table of contents 

Contributors.-

Preface.-  

Acknowledgements .-

1.      Introduction: Grandparenthood in Asia.-

 Kalyani K. Mehta and Leng Leng Thang.-

2.      Changing Social and Demographic Characteristics in Asia.-

Tsuneo Usui and Mari Tsuruwaka.-

3.      Grandparenting Roles and Functions.-

Vivian W.Q. Lou and Iris Chi .-

4.      Meanings of Being a Grandparent.-

Leng Leng Thang .-

5.      Stress and Conflict Management Strategies in Grandparenthood.-

Kalyani K. Mehta.-

6.      The Socio-Psychological Well-Being of Grandparents.-

Perasit Kamnuansilpa and Leng Leng Thang.-

7.      Custodial Grandparents and Intergenerational Support in Rural China.-

Zhen Cong and Merril Silverstein .-

8.      Empowering Self-Disclouse: Life Accounts of Malaysian and Singaporean grandparents.-

Maya K. David and Ching Hei Kuang  .-

9.      Conclusion: Change and Continuity of Grandparenting in Contemporary Asia.-

Leng Leng Thang and Kalyani K. Mehta.-

Index.

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