The volume takes four key themes related to ageing – the experience of old age; intergenerational relations; economics of and social policy for ageing; longevity and the culture of ageing - and examines how these issues are emerging in different regions of Asia, specifically, the former Soviet Union, South Asia, China, Japan and South-East Asia. In placing these Asian cases studies in the broader context of debates about, and policies on, ageing more generally, it brings them into the mainstream of comparative research on ageing from which they have been too often excluded. As the studies show, the relationship between ageing and poverty is a complex one and often reflects policy towards the aged rather than that the aged themselves are unproductive and dependent. Ageing, moreover, can no longer be considered as simply a national question; we also need to consider the implications of its global dimension in terms of issues such as human rights and quality of life.
Table of Contents
Asia’s Position in the New Global Demography. Economic Reform and Intergenerational Relationships in China. 'No Wasting' and 'Empty Nesters': 'Old Age' in Beijing. Political and Economic Influences on the Health and Welfare of the Elderly in the USSR and Russia: 1955-2005. The Economic Marginalisation of Post-Soviet Russia’s Elderly Population and the Failure of State Ageing Policy: A Case Study of Magadan City. Experiences in Old Age: A South Indian Example of How Functional Age is Socially Structured. The Inter-Generational Contract in the Changing Asian Family
Roger Goodman is Nissan Professor of Modern Japanese Studies at the University of Oxford
Sarah Harper is Director of the Oxford Institute of Ageing