Aging and the aged in the Third World: Part II: regional and ethnographic perspectives
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A volume devoted to aging and the aged in Third World societies focuses on ethnographic case studies from Papua New Guinea, China, India, the Sudan, and Mexico. The first of five articles, "Sweeping Men and Harmless Women: Responsibility and Gender Identity in Later Life" (Dorothy Ayers Counts), examines the perception of gender over the life cycle through a focus on the Lusi-Kaliai people of Papua New Guinea. "Cultural Alternatives for the Vulnerable Elderly: The Case of China Past and Present" (Andrea Sankar) considers the elderly in China who have "fallen through the cracks"--e.g., childless and single elderly. "The Family Life of Older People in a Changing Society: India" (Sylvia Vatuk) concerns the effects of urbanization on the aging in India. "Aging, Power, and Status in an East African Pastoral Society" (Elizabeth H. Andretta) looks at a society in which the elderly are not a special status group. "Familial and Public Contexts for Aging: Growing Old in a Rapidly Changing Mexican Village" (Jay and Joan Sokolovsky) argues that societal transformation does not in itself preordain disastrous consequences for the elderly. Notes on contributors conclude the volume. (LP)
Dept. of Anthropology. College of William and Mary.
Anthropology | Social and Behavioral Sciences
Sokolovsky, Jay, "Aging and the aged in the Third World: Part II: regional and ethnographic perspectives" (1983). Faculty Books. 162.