Invecchiare attivamente: nonni e nonne nella società dell’ambivalenza
| STUDI DI SOCIOLOGIA - 2012 - 4
C. OTTAVIANO, Active Aging: Grandparents in the Ambivalence Society
Active Aging, which the European Union has given great importance to for 2012, is a goal
that can be reached even by becoming grandparents.
In a society of an everymore aging population, the number of elders will increase more and more,
while there will be fewer children because of a fall in the birthrate. So, there will be more grandparents
than grandchildren in the near future. One might reconsider the importance of grandparents,
even non biological, and re-thinking their role in our contemporary risk and ambivalence society.
This essay describes (even through output of a quantitative-qualitative fiels research) the new
grandparents, above all the new grandmothers, who belonged to 68’generation, able to imagine a
new way to be young and to be an adult, and maybe even ‘to be with’ their grandchildren. People
who would know how to express their authority not because of their age and their experience,
but through a new way of being educators/mediators who give importance to limits, differences
and ambivalence as resourses.
Key words: Active Aging, Grandparents, Grandchildren, intergenerational bonds, mediation.