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Elusiveness of Family Life: A Challenge for the Sociology of Aging

Elusiveness of Family Life: A Challenge for the Sociology of Aging CHAPTER 3 Elusiveness of Family Life: A Challenge for the Sociology of Aging VICTOR W. MARSHAll CENTRE FOR STUDIES OF AGING UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SARAH H. MATIHEWS DEPA RTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY CAROLYN J. ROSEr'ffiIAL DEPARTMENT OF REHABILITATIVE MEDICINE AND CENTRE FOR STUDIES OF AGING UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO Scholars studying aging and the family spend their time distancing themselves from family life. We examine the family as outsiders, yet we are all insiders in our personal family lives . The conceptualization and measurelJlent of family phenomena help us to see some aspects of family life more clearly. but the inherent focusing of attention that is the goal of conceptualization and measure­ ment shifts olher phenomena to peripheral vision . As we draw to the close of this century, scholars in the area of aging and family might not find a research literature to address their personal familial concerns-unless these personal con­ cerns are wilh a small set of issues that have preoccupied most scholars. They are likely to find the literature abstract, or perhaps "lifeless," in contrast 10 their own experiences of family life. Family life is for many at the core or heart of their identity, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Annual Review of Gerontology & Geriatrics Springer Publishing

Elusiveness of Family Life: A Challenge for the Sociology of Aging

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Springer Publishing
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0198-8794
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1944-4036
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10.1891/0198-8794.13.1.39
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Abstract

CHAPTER 3 Elusiveness of Family Life: A Challenge for the Sociology of Aging VICTOR W. MARSHAll CENTRE FOR STUDIES OF AGING UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SARAH H. MATIHEWS DEPA RTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY CAROLYN J. ROSEr'ffiIAL DEPARTMENT OF REHABILITATIVE MEDICINE AND CENTRE FOR STUDIES OF AGING UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO Scholars studying aging and the family spend their time distancing themselves from family life. We examine the family as outsiders, yet we are all insiders in our personal family lives . The conceptualization and measurelJlent of family phenomena help us to see some aspects of family life more clearly. but the inherent focusing of attention that is the goal of conceptualization and measure­ ment shifts olher phenomena to peripheral vision . As we draw to the close of this century, scholars in the area of aging and family might not find a research literature to address their personal familial concerns-unless these personal con­ cerns are wilh a small set of issues that have preoccupied most scholars. They are likely to find the literature abstract, or perhaps "lifeless," in contrast 10 their own experiences of family life. Family life is for many at the core or heart of their identity,

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Annual Review of Gerontology & GeriatricsSpringer Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 1993

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