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Survival strategies late in life: living conditions of unmarried elderly women in Gothenburg in the 1920s
Karlstad University, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences, Department of Politics and History. Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013).
2015 (English)In: Continuity and Change, ISSN 0268-4160, E-ISSN 1469-218X, Vol. 30, no 2, 279-300 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The growing percentage of never-married elderly people led to increasing demographic pressure on Swedish local communities in the beginning of the twentieth century. This article deals with never-married elderly women's income strategies when the idea of self-help dominated social policy. The study uses a prosopographical approach, based on micro-level data. The findings indicate that pooling income sources was of utmost importance for this vulnerable group of elderly women. Furthermore, as a consequence of this demographic change, there was an expansion of charitable organisations specifically aimed at elderly care.

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Cambridge University Press, 2015. Vol. 30, no 2, 279-300 p.
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Levnadsförhållanden, demografi, könsolikheter
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-38273DOI: 10.1017/S0268416015000259ISI: 000359262200005OAI: diva2:866091
Available from: 2015-10-30 Created: 2015-10-30 Last updated: 2015-12-29Bibliographically approved

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