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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
quality of life
|Issue Date: ||2021|
|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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/S1530-353520210000017009|
|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
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
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