Intergenerational relations: a South African research agenda


Intergenerational relations is not a new focus area of study in Southern Africa. Trends in changing relationships between age cohorts have been traced in family, migration and urbanization studies. This special issue of the Southern African Journal of Gerontology presents a case for studying intergenerational relations from a gerontological perspective. The issue includes work from leading international gerontologists and experts in the field of intergenerational relations writing on the United States. Two further contributions come from other parts of Africa - Ghana and Kenya. The articles on intergenerational relations in South Africa, tellingly, come from outside the field of gerontology, a point to be picked up below.


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