In the Trap of Intergenerational Solidarity: Family Care in Poland’s Ageing Society
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AGH University of Science and Technology
Publication date: 2011-03-23
Polish Sociological Review 2011;173(1):55-78
The main aim of this paper is to juxtapose the normative aspect of intergenerational solidarity with specific care practices against the backdrop of Poland’s public debate on social expectations, costs and changes needed in the system of pensions and social benefits offered to elderly citizens (the systemic context of intergenerational solidarity). The paper presents grandparents’ practices in offering care to their grandchildren and children’s practices in supporting their elderly parents. Such practices originate not as much from the emotional aspect of intergenerational solidarity as from culture-defined expectations of specific age categories, reinforced by unavailability of public care institutions. The analysis, based on qualitative and quantitative data, finds that intergenerational solidarity in Poland is a source of multiple tensions (including gender-related ones).
This project was completed with the support granted by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through cofinancing from the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism as part of the Scholarship and Training Fund. This project was partly completed with the support granted by National Science Centre.
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