Values, change and inter-generational ties between two generations of women in Singapore
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Personal values are framed by social contexts and carried through a person's lifecourse, but are sufficiently malleable to adapt to changing conditions. The dynamic character of personal values should be more frequently recognised in studies of inter-generational ties. This study examines the relationships between two generations of Singaporean women and their divergent values about gender roles, preference for the gender of children, family formation, care-giving and living arrangements. Younger women embrace more western views, while their older counterparts uphold Confucian values. Previous studies have tended to characterise inter-generational ties as conveying 'conflict' or 'solidarity', but here the concept of 'ambivalence' is employed to show that contradictory values coexist, and that inter-generational ties encapsulate the negotiated outcome of complex attitudes, values and aspirations.
Teo , P , Graham , E F , Yeoh , B S A & Levy , S 2003 , ' Values, change and inter-generational ties between two generations of women in Singapore ' Ageing & Society , vol 23 , no. 3 , pp. 327-347 . DOI: 10.1017/S0144686X0300120X
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