Theory of Intergenerational Ambivalence: Is It the Perfect New Lens for Studying Intergenerational Relationships?
Category: Journal Articles
Park, S-M. (2014) Theory of Intergenerational Ambivalence: Is It the Perfect New Lens for Studying Intergenerational Relationships? Journal of Population Ageing 7(4): 323-334.
Existing dramatic demographic transitions occurring globally have inevitably induced the restructuring of intergenerational relationships. This requires a more sophisticated theoretical lens for explaining the change. The theory of intergenerational ambivalence as newly suggested by Luscher attempts to overcome the dichotomous logic behind theories of intergenerational solidarity and conflict, but is only partially successful. The theory of intergenerational ambivalence is a powerful perspective in that it synthesizes both the solidarity and conflict dimensions of intergenerational relations, but remains quite abstract when distilled to its core. However, the theory of intergenerational ambivalence has the potential to connect both structure and agency. Ultimately, the paper suggests that the resolution of abstractness and structure-agency issues should be developed through more sophisticated empirical studies.
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