This fully revised Second Edition of Other Cultures, Elder Years is not only the textbook on the anthropology of aging, but also the most comprehensive, comparative study available on worldwide patterns of ageing. `Provides an excellent summary of secondary sources, avoiding extensive review of primary research, complicated theory, and methodological issues' - Clinical Gerontologist

Status and Family

Status and family

Anthropological interest in gerontology did not really begin until Leo Simmons (actually a Yale University sociologist) published The Role of the Aged in Primitive Society in 1945. An earlier encyclopedic volume by J. Koty, Die Behandlung der Alten und Kranken bei den Naturvolkern, had been published in Stuttgart in 1933, but it had little or no impact on American research interests. Simmons's (1945a) book purported to be a “report on the status and treatment of the aged within a world-wide selection of primitive societies,” and it addressed itself to such questions as these: What in old age are the possible adjustments to different environments, both physical and social? What uniformities or general trends may be observed in such a broad ...

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