Contemporary Grandparenting by Sara Arber and Virpi Timonen now published

The Cover

Last year I was invited to write a book chapter for a book called  ‘Contemporary Grandparenting: Changing family relationships in global contexts’, edited by Sara Arber and Virpi Timonen. The book chapter was based on findings from my PhD research and is entitled ‘Grandfathering: The construction of new identities and masculinities’. The book is now published and is on sale and is available from the Polity Press website and also here. It includes some fantastic chapters from a range of experts in the field, listed below:


Virpi Timonen & Sara Arber – A new look at grandparenting;  Katharina Herlofson and Gunhild O Hagestad – Transformations in the role of grandparents across welfarestates;  Lindsey Baker & Merril Silverstein – The wellbeing of grandparents caring for grandchildren in rural China and the US;  Madonna Harrington Meyer – Grandmothers juggling work and grandchildren in the US;  Lisanne S.F. Ko – Solidarity, ambivalence and multigenerational co-residence in Hong Kong;  Shirley Hsiao-Li Sun -Grandparenting in the context of care for grandchildren by foreign domestic workers;   Vanessa May, Jennifer Mason & Lynda Clarke – Being there yet not interfering: the paradoxes of grandparenting;  Virpi Timonen & Martha Doyle – Grandparental agency after adult children’s divorce;  Anna Tarrant – Grandfathering: the construction of new identities and masculinities;  Alice Delerue Matos & Rita Borges Neves – Understanding adolescent grandchildren’s influence on grandparents;  Katharina Mahne & Oliver Huxhold – Social contact between grandparents and older grandchildren;  Sara Arber & Virpi Timonen – Grandparenting in the 21st century: new directions.

It is really exciting that my PhD research has been included in this collection and sits alongside important research concerning contemporary grandparenting. I hope you enjoy the book!


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