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

The Aged and Cultural Change

The aged and cultural change

The study of social and cultural change has always been an important interest of anthropologists, and it is therefore understandable that it has been a primary focus of investigation for anthropologists concerned with cultural gerontology. This chapter will emphasize change associated with the influences of modernization and the many ways in which societies, and more specifically the aged, are affected by such change. Following discussion of several components and theoretical aspects of modernization, we conclude with a case study of Japan, a highly modernized nation with historical traditions requiring honorific treatment for the aged.

Change, which can influence the status and treatment of the aged, may come from within the culture or from outside. Internally generated change ...

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