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Relative prospects of children as they age: Canadians and Americans in midlife in the great recession frame future generations

TitleRelative prospects of children as they age: Canadians and Americans in midlife in the great recession frame future generations
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsMcDaniel, S. A., Gazso A., and Duncan K. A.
JournalJournal of Aging Studies
Volume37
Pages69 - 80
Date PublishedApril
Keywordsframes, generation, life course, midlife
Abstract

Studies of intergenerational relations in aging and changing families often focus on the present, how generations interact, relate or depend on each other in families. Less often is the focus on the prospective, on projected perceptions of life course prospects for future generations as they age. In this paper, part of a large multi-method project, we adopt this focus. We rely on interviews conducted in 2013 with midlife respondents in two socioeconomic classes in comparable cities in the United States and Canada, We specifically explore whether and how Canadians and Americans in midlife discuss life course prospects for their children (or younger relatives) in ways that map onto wider discursive frames of aging. Through a combined discourse and frame analysis of our interview data, we find that frames of "The Dream" and "Intergenerational Contract" construct and reflect competing models of intergenerational shifts in life course spaces as well as suggest intergenerational changes in mobility and opportunities.

URLhttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/s0890406515301304
Document URLhttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/susan_mcdaniel2/publication/299570513_relative_prospects_of_children_as_they_age_canadians_and_americans_in_midlife_in_the_great_recession_frame_future_generations/links/5702b18708ae646a9da8784e.pdf