Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life

Grandfathers

Global Perspectives

Editors: Buchanan, Ann, Rotkirch, Anna (Eds.)

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  • Addresses the current invisibility of grandfathers in the family literature 
  • Provides a broad, international perspective with chapters on grandparenting in the US, North America, Denmark, New Zealand, Asia and South Africa
  • Puts the role of grandfathers into a wider context, addressing issues such as the ageing population and divorce rates
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This is the first book to bring together international scholars from around the world and from a wide variety of disciplines, to discover what is known about grandfathers and analyse the impact of close involvement with their grandchildren. Within the context of increased divorce rates, single parent families and healthier, more active elders, grandfathers have come out of the shadows and re-invented themselves in a new caring, nurturing role.

These original studies demonstrate that grandfather involvement is independently and positively associated with higher levels of child well-being in the UK and South Africa, as well as in Arab and Israeli teenagers, and pre-school children in England.

The chapters conclude that societies could benefit from encouraging more grandfathers to become actively involved in their grandchildren’s lives and argues the case for grandparent visitation rights in those countries that currently do not have them. 

About the authors

Ann Buchanan is Emeritus Professor and Senior Research Associate at the University of Oxford, UK. She has been researching into child and family well-being, specifically fathering, grandparenting and divorce, for more than twenty years. At Oxford she directed the Centre for Research into Parenting and Children. Her work has an international profile and she was awarded an MBE in 2012.

Anna Rotkirch is Research Director at Väestöliitto, the Family Federation of Finland, studying family ties and childbearing from sociological and evolutionary perspectives. She is Director of the longitudinal study of generational transmissions in Finland which follows the baby boomer generation and their adult children. Previous publications include (with Ann Buchanan, eds.) Low Fertility and Population Decline (Palgrave, 2013).

Reviews

“This volume is an excellent selection of contributions focused on the almost totally unrecognised role of the grandfather that has long been in the shadow of grandmothers. The different research contained within this volume highlights the important impact of grandfathers on grandchildren … . it is a relevant and essential contribution not only to social scientists but to anyone who wishes to understand the important roles of the grandfathers and their impact on the new generations.” (Marta Ortega Gaspar, Journal of Population Ageing, Vol. 10, 2017)

“This book gives a fascinating perspective on how the role of the grandfather in changing. I recommend it as an important read for all family scholars.” (Martin Kohli, European University Institute, Italy)

“This fascinating collection is the first to examine grandfatherhood around the world and will surely initiate further scholarship on this important topic.” (Michael Lamb, University of Cambridge, UK)  

“This edited book provides a useful global perspective of grandfathers’ roles across societies.” (Ziarat Hossain, University of New Mexico, USA)

Table of contents (16 chapters)

Table of contents (16 chapters)

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eBook $89.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-56338-5
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Hardcover $119.99
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Grandfathers
Book Subtitle
Global Perspectives
Editors
  • Ann Buchanan
  • Anna Rotkirch
Series Title
Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-56338-5
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-56338-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-56337-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 327
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