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

Varieties of Aging Experience

Varieties of Aging Experience

Varieties of aging experience

To understand fully the rationale for the ways a society copes with the problems of aging and the aged, we must approach that society holistically—in terms of the physical environment, the economic or subsistence patterns that support it, the social structure that binds its citizens together, and the traditional values and procedures that have evolved throughout its cultural history.

This chapter presents three such analyses. These case studies in human aging present information on three very different societies in three very different physical environments with diverse subsistence patterns and distinctive traditions regarding the proper roles and status of old people.

The first group, the Eskimos of North America, represent a particular kind of hunting society—one located in a very rigorous ...

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