The Social Structure of Grandparenthood

I n essence, the hypotheses of this study show that formality between grandparents and granchildren is related to association of grandparents with family authority, while the indulgent, close, and warm relationship is fostered by dissociation of grandparents from family authority

Dorrian Apple

2004

Scholarcy highlights

  • TWO rather different explanations have been advanced for the warmth, closeness, and indulgence which is proverbially expected of grandparents in many societies besides our own
  • Hypothesis I requires a distinction between societies in which friendly equality is present between grandparents and grandchildren and societies in which it is absent
  • One further elaboration is possible for the two main hypotheses of this study. They can be united into a single and more abstract hypothesis: formality between grandparents and grandchildren is related to association of grandparents with family authority
  • I n essence, the hypotheses of this study show that formality between grandparents and granchildren is related to association of grandparents with family authority, while the indulgent, close, and warm relationship is fostered by dissociation of grandparents from family authority
  • This study has confirmed and expanded Nadel’s idea that friendly equality between grandparents and grandchildren appears only when family social structure permits it

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