Values, change and inter-generational ties between two generations of women in Singapore

P Teo, Elspeth Forbes Graham, BSA Yeoh, S Levy

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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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)327-347
    Number of pages21
    JournalAgeing & Society
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - May 2003


    • Inter-generational ties
    • Ambivalence
    • Change
    • Lifecourse
    • Gender roles
    • Family
    • Singapore
    • Behavior


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