Living in Transition
This concluding chapter synthesizes the different aspects of intergenerational disintegration and consolidation that have been examined in this book and suggests further areas for research. It argues for the importance of analyzing familial or generational relations within the context of states and larger political economies. Although the state is perhaps extraordinarily influential in Singaporean society, governments play an active role in all of the newly modernizing societies across Asia, and a broader consideration of their impact on family life is another thread that might be usefully explored. In addition, the sandwich generation phenomenon is by no means exclusive to Singapore. Since it arises as a result of rapid social change, it is likely to come at different times in different societies. Given the size and scope of Asia's rapidly modernizing societies, much remains to be done on how the dramatic change there affects cultural continuity across generations, and what strategies different generations develop in the face of these challenges.
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