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PEIXOTO, Clarice Ehlers  and  LUZ, Gleice Mattos. From one dwelling to another: intergenerational cohabitation processes. Cad. Pagu [online]. 2007, n.29, pp. 171-191. ISSN 0104-8333.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-83332007000200008.

Unemployment, divorce, widowhood, children who never leave their parents' house, these are the reasons that explain why the older generations in Brazil cohabit with the younger generations more than before. Returning to one’s parents’ house, or moving to the children's house introduces a new dynamic into the domestic organization: the reorganization of space - the creation of places to receive new family members; the adaptation of rules, schedules and tasks, to the necessities and activities of each member and to the group's in particular. Living with three or four generations implies a material contribution as well as emotional and moral support for the logistics of daily domestic life. Living together is only possible when there is a circuit of reciprocities; otherwise, cohabitation can provoke violent rupture in the family’s harmony.

Keywords : Habitational Displacements; Cohabitation, Intergenerational Relations.

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