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Intergenerational Financial Giving and Inequality : Give and Take in 21st Century Families (Hardcover)
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This book makes a major contribution to our understanding of 21st Century families in Britain through an exploration of intergenerational relationships. Drawing on new and extensive quantitative and qualitative research, the authors explore the giving and receiving of financial gifts. Despite growing concern about intergenerational tension and even possible conflict, the book finds evidence of a significant degree of intergenerational solidarity both within families at the micro level and between generations more generally within society (at the macro level) in Britain. However, given substantial inequalities within different generations (as a result, in particular, of social class divisions), some families are able to support each other far more than others. This means that strong intergenerational solidarity may lead to the entrenchment of existing intragenerational inequalities.The book will be of interest to scholars and students researching Sociology, Social Policy, Family Sociology, Generations and Intergenerational Relationships.