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Empowerment and Disempowerment of the Olds

by: L. Thara Bhai

The book is a meticulous research work based on field study that delves deep into the need for the empowerment of the aged while analysing the factors that lead to disempowerment in the old age as also the social role of old-age homes in mitigating the difficulties of the aged.

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ISBN: 9788186921609
Year Of Publication: 2013
Edition: 1st
Pages : xii, 227p.
Bibliographic Details : 9 b/w photographs, Bibliography; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: Decent Books
Size: 23
Weight: 500

Overview

The book emphasises on a deeper understanding of ageing in the society of today, viewing it as a precarious process, both at the individual and at the societal level. It takes into consideration the position of the aged within the family and in the society, and the changes that have come about over the last few decades. Effects of globalization, break-up of the joint-family system, and the growing materialism and commercialization of society make the elderly viewed only from the ßeconomicû perspective.
The book examines certain theories on gerontology, pointing out that the workable theories should focus more on application so that the aged can benefit from such theories. It analyses the literature on the old: how different scholars and specialists have viewed ageing and its different aspects like the impact of genetic influences and the environment on ageing. Based on a field study, involving elderly from all castes and religious groups both in urban and rural areas, it delves deep into the need for empowerment of the aged. It argues that religion, community and the institutional stay have a direct correlation with the empowerment and disempowerment process, which has more impact on the upper than the lower castes. It undertakes case studies and comes up with interesting and significant observation. Personal income is considered the main source of empowerment. It significantly views institutional care of the old in the context of empowerment and disempowerment, analysing factors that force the old to choose to live in the old-age homes.
The volume is a meticulous research work that will prove extremely relevant to scholars and students as a sociological study on ageing and the elderly especially in the Indian context.

Contents

Preface
List of Tables
1. Ageing: A Conceptual Clarification
2. Theories in Gerontology:
Applications and Analyses
3. Studies on the Old: A Brief Analysis
4. Institutional Care of the Old: The Context of Empowerment/Disempowerment
5. Family Care of the Old: The Context of Empowerment and Disempowerment
6. Selected Case Studies
7. Conclusion
Appendices
1. Old Age Homes in Madurai
2. Visuals
Bibliography
Index

Meet the Author
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Dr. L. Thara Bhai, Ph.D., has been associated with the International Sociological Association as Vice President of RC22 and is a member of the Managing Committee of the Indian Sociological Association. She has specialised in religion and state, women’s studies and gerontology and her research works include Woman in New Professions and Status of Widows in Contemporary Tamil Nadu.
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