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School
York University
Department
Sociology
Course
SOCI 3660
Professor
Alireza Asgharzadeh
Semester
Winter

Description
In the Middle February 3, 2014 Outline * 1. Caregiving: long­term * 2. Changing Social Supports Over Time  1. Caregiving: long­term, over the life course * Caregiving in families is not just directed at young children or elderly people but is performed intra­ and  inter­generationally and often in a reciprocal manner  * Caregiving relations are informed by: gender, race/ethnicity, cultural, class, etc. * For people in “mid­life (45­74*),” caregiving can get “sandwiched” * Inter­generational co­residence is not uncommon  * “Empty nests” might not happen until parents are in their 50s  * Caregiving relationships change with family transitions  - Life course perspective (looking at events and changes in family over time) (big changes, disruptions, and transitions) 2. Changing Social Supports Over Time * Instrumental: home maintenance (e.g. snow shovelling, spring cleaning, repairs), grocery  shopping, and providing transportation *  Expressive support: a shoulder to lean on when needed, give advice to adult family members  or children, or give the help that talking with someone provides  * Material/financial support: clothes, food, etc. you may give or loan to family members or  friends – (hand me downs), who gives what in return (mutual independence) (emphasis on reciprocity) ­What you give is not always what you get, doesn’t mean there is no reciprocity when you take into account elders and other kinds of support E.g. Boomerang kids * Boomerang kids are children who leave their family homes but return as young adults - Move out because of sch
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