Vicki Cline's Reviews > The Accordion Family: Boomerang Kids, Anxious Parents, and the Private Toll of Global Competition

The Accordion Family by Katherine S. Newman
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Mar 21, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: other-nonfiction
Read from February 25 to March 14, 2012

This book talks about a relatively new phenomenon, adult children moving back into the parents' home. Sometimes this is done after college while the graduate is looking for a job, and sometimes after a divorce or foreclosure. High unemployment around the world is causing most of this, and it's apparently especially bad in Italy and Spain. The author also has studied Japan, where it's an embarrassment to the parents, and the Scandinavian countries, where it's rare because of generous government subsidies which allow young people to live on their own, and also because of a tradition of separation from the family when a youg person reaches adulthood. This is also causing lower birth rates in countries where it happens, because of later marriages, and if immigration is restricted, to fewer workers contributing to growing numbers of retirees. Altogether, a very interesting look at something I was only vaguely aware of.

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