Between solidarity and the conflict of generations. Intergenerational relations in biographical narratives


  • Andrzej Słaboń Cracow University of Economics



Generation, biographical method, biographical work, relational structures


Objectives: The purpose of this text is to identify the main types of intergenerational relationships and methods of integration different generations applied in everyday life. Recognition of these practices should be used in inclusion policy.

Research Design & Methods: This article uses qualitative methods of sociology, in particular biographical narratives (story of life) to explore types of intergenerational relationships.

Findings: This paper finds that relational structures are an important part of every biographical narrative. Research has identified five types of intergenerational relationships.

Implications / Recommendations: This article stresses the importance of biographical work and the restrictions on the creation of multigenerational groups as a fairly common way of integrating different generations.

Contribution / Value Added: The approach presented in this article opens new possibilities for a policy of inclusion and ways of counteracting intergenerational conflicts.


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Author Biography

Andrzej Słaboń, Cracow University of Economics

ul. Rakowicka 27
31-510 Kraków


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How to Cite

Słaboń, A. (2019). Between solidarity and the conflict of generations. Intergenerational relations in biographical narratives. Journal of Public Governance, 49(3), 53–62.