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Sociological Ambivalence Revisited / Judith, Phillips; Sarah, Hillcoat-Nalletamby

Sociology, Volume: 45, Issue: 2, Start page: 202

Swansesa University Authors: Judith, Phillips, Sarah, Hillcoat-Nalletamby

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'Ambivalence' as a concept has received most attention from the behavioural sciences, notably by psychoanalysts and psychologists exploring the individual aspoects of ambivalence. This article addresses the broader social and cultural contexts in which ambivalence may operate. Cons...

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Published in: Sociology
ISSN: 0038-0385 1469-8684
Published: 2011
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa6525
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Abstract: 'Ambivalence' as a concept has received most attention from the behavioural sciences, notably by psychoanalysts and psychologists exploring the individual aspoects of ambivalence. This article addresses the broader social and cultural contexts in which ambivalence may operate. Consequently we are strengthening its conceptual foundations as a sociological construct. An EU funded project ‘Old age and autonomy: The role of service systems and intergenerational family solidarity’, involving interviews with adult children and their ageing parents engaged in informal caring relationships is drawn on to support our arguments. Viewed through a relational lens, ambivalence can be reconceptualized as having both temporal and transformative properties and as the product of complex relational experiences existing within a wider web of interdependent social relationships.
Keywords: ambivalence, family solidarity, older people
College: College of Human and Health Sciences
Issue: 2
Start Page: 202