Intergeneration Analysis in A.G. Kharchev's Oeuvre

Intergeneration Analysis in A.G. Kharchev's Oeuvre

Sinelnikov A.B.

Dr. Sci. (Sociol.), Prof. of the Department of Family Sociology and Demography, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

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The study was carried out with the financial support by the RFBR and BRFFI within the framework of the scientific project No. 20-511-00020 “Features of employment and socialization of persons of retirement age in the Republic of Belarus and the Russian Federation: a comparative sociological analysis”.

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Sinelnikov A.B. Intergeneration Analysis in A.G. Kharchev's Oeuvre. Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya [Sociological Studies]. 2021. No 5. P. 25-35


When studying the social problems of the family, A.G. Kharchev paid special attention to the relations between parents and their married children, both in cohabitation and in separation. According to his own sociological research, he found that conflicts between generations are more likely when the family consists of two married couples (the older and younger) when only the mother of the husband or wife lives with the spouses. In his opinion, the cause of conflicts may be the wrong behavior on both sides. Kharchev believed that the separation of generations reduces not only the frequency of these conflicts, but also the care of grandmothers for grandchildren. From his point of view, the reduction of this aid is one of the reasons for the decline in the birth rate in Russia. In the coming years, the participation of grandmothers in child care may decrease due to the increase in the retirement age. This may contribute to a further decline in the birth rate.

generations; parents; married children; nuclear family; extended family; conflict; mutual support; grandmothers; grandchildren; birth rate
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