The joint family and its discontents: interrogating ambivalence in intergenerational relationships

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dc.contributor.author Samanta, Tannistha
dc.date.accessioned 2019-01-17T18:16:05Z
dc.date.available 2019-01-17T18:16:05Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.citation Samanta, Tannistha, “The joint family and its discontents: interrogating ambivalence in intergenerational relationships”, Asian Population Studies, DOI: 10.1080/17441730.2018.1560659, Jan. 2019. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17441730.2018.1560659
dc.identifier.uri https://repository.iitgn.ac.in/handle/123456789/4229
dc.description.abstract Drawing from an interview based household survey of 453 older parent(s) and adult children (sons and daughters-in-law) in the Ahmedabad district, this study utilised the solidarity-conflict-ambivalence models to understand both the perceptions and experience of joint living. Overall, findings reinforce popular imagination of the socially-sanctioned joint family as a site of reassuring continuity with high levels of congruence in reporting relational sentiments. Evidence of intergenerational stake phenomenon was observed in responses of older adults when compared with the mature child. In addition to examining normative ambivalence, I contend that joint family relations embody a concept of ‘ambiguity’ – an uncertain, somewhat conflictual emotive space that offers members a temporary escape without confronting the contradictions in the objective demands of expected roles. In conclusion, I assert the need to go beyond the western tools of measurement to capture a deeply complex emotive space with its regularities, irrationalities and incoherences in the experience of everyday life. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Tannistha Samanta
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Taylor & francis journals en_US
dc.subject Joint family en_US
dc.subject affect en_US
dc.subject ambivalence en_US
dc.subject ambiguity en_US
dc.subject normative culture en_US
dc.subject intergenerational en_US
dc.subject India en_US
dc.title The joint family and its discontents: interrogating ambivalence in intergenerational relationships en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.relation.journal Asian Population Studies


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