INED Population Studies

Renewing the Family: A History of the Baby Boomers

Authors: Bonvalet, Catherine, Clément, Céline, Ogg, Jim

  • Provides a complete history of the baby boomers’ lives, from birth to today Explains the different experiences of French and English baby boomers
  • Includes a comprehensive approach to the sociological changes of family life
  • Entails rich qualitative data in the form of excerpts from 90 detailed interviews
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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.

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)


Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Bonvalet, Catherine (et al.)

    Pages 1-13

  • The Baby Boom Phenomenon

    Bonvalet, Catherine (et al.)

    Pages 17-40

  • The Baby Boomers’ Childhood

    Bonvalet, Catherine (et al.)

    Pages 41-63

  • The Family in Perpetual Motion

    Bonvalet, Catherine (et al.)

    Pages 67-86

  • Rebellious Teenagers

    Bonvalet, Catherine (et al.)

    Pages 87-108

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eBook $99.00
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-08544-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $129.00
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  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: October 27, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-319-36056-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Renewing the Family: A History of the Baby Boomers
Authors
Series Title
INED Population Studies
Series Volume
4
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-08545-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-08545-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-08544-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-36056-0
Series ISSN
2214-2452
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 268
Number of Illustrations and Tables
11 b/w illustrations
Additional Information
Original French edition published by the INED, Paris, 2011
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