By Leo Driedger
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In many cases older parents find themselves in less prestigious, more static, occupations. Older people are often deprived of providing vocational guidance and instruction to their children. Urbanization Cowgill (1974) suggests two aspects of urbanization (geographical and social mobility) that affect the status of old age. In rural areas, there is a tendency for the youth to move to the city, leaving the elderly behind on the farms or in small towns. Henry's (1973) Vale Haven blacks in Nova Scotia are a good example.
3, 15 categories of occupations are listed, some of them distinctly rural (farming and primary occupations, such as mining, fishing, and forestry) and others clearly more urban (managerial, engineering, clerical, sales). To what extent were Canada's elderly (aged 55 and older) engaged in, or formerly engaged in, these occupations, and are some ethnic origins more heavily represented in some categories? The British elderly, the largest charter and ethnic group, are overrepresented in the high status occupations (managerial, engineering) and underrepresented in low status, blue collar occupations such as processing, machining, and construction.
This was also true in our discussion of the various theories and forms of modernization. These two traditions of theoretical thought must now be examined to see whether there are any similarities, or in what way these two fields of study in aging and ethnicity interface. 2 the modernization and assimilation theories dominant in their respective aging and ethnicity fields are plotted. After having discussed each of the two, some striking similarities as well as some differences can be observed. There is a great need to integrate the two fields of ethnicity and aging; this will provide the opportunity to see whether there is an interface between the two, where overlap and diversity lie.