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Title: Geography matters. The role of non-cohabiting elderly in the individuals’ perception about the quality of life in a medium-size Portuguese city
Authors: Costa, Rosalina Pisco
Editors: Claster, Patricia Neff
Blair, Sampson Lee
Keywords: Elderly
quality of life
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher: Emerald
Citation: Costa, Rosalina Pisco (2021). Geography matters. The role of non-cohabiting elderly in the individuals' perception about the quality of life in a medium-size Portuguese city. In Patricia Neff Claster & Sampson Lee Blair (Eds.), Aging and the Family: Understanding Changes in Structural and Relationship Dynamics (155-177). Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Doi:
Abstract: Purpose: This chapter focuses on the relations between aging and the perception about the families’ quality of life in a medium-sized Portuguese city. Departing from the descriptions of individuals living with at least one child under 14 years of age, particular emphasis is put on how young adults perceive and incorporate into their speeches the presence and role of non-cohabiting elderly, namely their parents and in-laws, as an expression of the quality of life they experience. Design/methodology/approach: Data rely on episodic interviews conducted with both men and women with young children (3–14 years old), within a broader sociological research devoted to the study of family rituals. The data collected was analyzed using qualitative techniques of content analysis with the help of NVivo software (QSR). The data is presented recurring to contextualized narratives.Findings: Data analysis allows to conclude that geography matters in the perception that young adults have when reflecting upon the role of the elderly surrounding them, either their parents or in-laws. The presence and coexistence of generations are perceived as “priceless,” a “fortune,” and a “privilege,” possible in a medium-sized city, where everything is close enough to thicken the informal intergenerational solidarities between grandparents, parents, and grandchildren. Behind the scenes, data, furthermore, discloses unpredictable tensions arising mainly regarding children’s education, rules, and behavior. Originality/value: This chapter contributes to shed light into the daily life of elderly people who are still independent and active, and the seemingly invisible presence and unimportant role they play in their children and grandchildren’s lives.
ISBN: 978-1-80071-491-5
eISBN: 978-1-80071-490-8
ISSN: 1530-3535
Type: bookPart
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