9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN01 Ageing in Europe

2009-09-03 15:30:00 2009-09-03 17:00:00 Thursday, 3 September 15:30 - 17:00 Intergernerational Relationships: Solidarity Building II, C5.06

Intergenerational solidarity on the societal level in European countries

The paper concentrates on intergenerational solidarity and how it is revealed on formal and informal levels across Europe. The intergenerational solidarity is understood as an indicator of social cohesion between generations influenced by normative, structural and functional factors of the society. The purpose of this paper is to investigate how changing social contexts affect social integration, well-being of different generations and solidarity between generations across European countries. It is supposed that the patterns of intergenerational solidarity vary within and between European countries according to diverse sociopolitical backgrounds, welfare systems and family cultures. We hypothesized that in Eastern-European countries compared to Western Europe intergenerational solidarity is lower on societal level while the intergenerational support flow is still important on the family level. The expectations and obligations regarding care giving and public support from welfare programs across generations in different countries is studied by using international datasets of the European Social Survey (Round 3).