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By Dr. Vern L. Bengtson PhD, Kyong-Dong Kim PhD, George Myers PhD, Ki-Soo Eun PhD

Widely known specialists current the 1st comparative research of contemporary advancements between six jap and Western countries bearing on inhabitants getting older and its results. Chapters specialize in demographic traits, sociocultural contexts, and coverage implications. international locations chosen as case stories contain: the People's Republic of China, the Republic of Korea, Japan, Germany, the uk, and the U.S.. The editors and members name consciousness to the various trajectories and results of inhabitants getting older in culturally varied societies which are frequently at various levels or on varied paths of monetary improvement. Such analyses deliver into sharper concentration these stipulations which are precise, or related, and emphasize the ways that cultural stereotypes of getting older and the aged complicate our realizing of the consequences of world-wide inhabitants getting older.

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Of all vulnerable groups and conditions to be in, this is the one that has everywhere (in the West) been among the first to be singled out for collective public attention. It is one of the most obvious, the most deserving, the least controversial, and the least likely to be openly resented by other members of society—most of whom now expect to experience old age in their turn. Witness the number of countries that chart the beginning of modern times, so T 17 18 Comparative Lessons Between East and West far as their own social policy development is concerned, from the introduction of some form of old-age pension.

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Yet even without the accompaniment of grinding poverty, it is not absolutely clear that such continuing arrangements automatically favor the interests of the old. Indeed evidence from across Europe would seem to emphasize the variability and frequent ambiguity of the position and especially the economic status of older people in rural agrarian society. Nominal control over the younger generations—such as control over family landholdings—can all too easily become a focus for bitter rivalries and disputes within families, at the elderly person's expense (Quadagno, 1982).

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