Devenir grand-parent au Québec - Solidarités familiales intergénérationnelles, expériences contingentes et idéaux situés

Authors: Boucher, Andrée-Anne
Advisor: Morin, Dominique
Abstract: In contrast with previous generations, becoming a grandparent nowadays is experienced utterly differently. Being a grandparent is now a contingent situation, generally perceived as a chance, which results in the growth of a plurality of situations of intergenerational family solidarity, evolving coextensively to the interpretation of the new roles of both parents and grandparents. This thesis aims to understand how intergenerational family solidarity is transformed with the birth of a first child and grandchild, and how, in this new context, parents and grandparents find themselves engaged in practices of solidarity, in which – and by which – the role of the grandparent is embodied. The analysis of cross interviews conducted with eleven parents and nine grandparents reveals that the birth of a child is perceived as a turning point, introducing new expectations leading to a reinforcement of intergenerational family solidarity. This was observed through a multiplication of tangible practices of solidarity where much of the experience of sentiments, dispositions and norms newly arouse. The role of the grandparent is located in the continuity of the role previously played as a parent, and is shaped in response to the new needs of the parents. This role is also integrated with the roles of the parents themselves vis-à-vis their children, following a principle of consolidation or differentiation of the parents’ functions. The role of the grandparent is strongly defined by its association with the role of the parent, and yet the grandparent’s role takes form through personal ideals that recall memories, role models, or stand in opposition to counterexamples. It is therefore between the expectations induced by these ideals and the tangible possibilities offered by the situation of intergenerational family solidarity that the role of the grandparent arises, thereby taking shape and form
Document Type: Mémoire de maîtrise
Issue Date: 2017
Open Access Date: 24 April 2018
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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