Eldercare Issues in China and India
The contributors to this book present case studies of elder care in China and India, and draw comparisons between the two – illuminating some of the key issues facing the two largest Asian countries as they develop rapidly.
Caring for the elderly is a major challenge for all countries, and one which is of acute concern for rapidly developing economies. Development tends to run counter to long-established cultural norms of family-based caring and filial piety, even as it also tends to lead to longer life expectancy. Taking a range of methodological and conceptual approaches to understanding these challenges, the contributors present a multifaceted understanding of elder care issues in both India and China. They focus in particular on caregiving within families and at care homes – and the impacts these have on quality of life and the experience of caregiving for both caregivers and the aged themselves.
An invaluable collection for scholars and students of gerontology and aging in Asia, that will also be of great interest to scholars with a broader interest in global trends in caregiving.
"By bringing together Chinese and Indian views of eldercare under five key themes—filial piety, family care, institutionalized care, issues of care for the marginalized elderly, and eldercare research issues—this book allows readers to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges that increasing population, aging, shifting cultural norms, and relatively limited public resources in both China and India have posed for the eldercare systems in these countries. This book builds up a strong body of interdisciplinary analyses of important issues under each of these themes and concludes with an illuminating synthesis of what has been presented. There are hardly any books available in the field of social gerontology with a focus on India and China. This book raises important issues about the status of eldercare in China and India and provides a meaningful starting point for further investigations. I think not only Chinese and Indian scholars, but also many international scholars would be interested in reading this book."---Fang Zhao (赵芳), Professor, School of Social Development and Social Policy, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
"This book tries to capture the current scenario of eldercare in both countries by taking both positive and negative aspects into account. For example, it highlights the negative societal perception of older people, especially in China, despite it being known for glorifying virtues of filial piety. The book also emphasises that the elderly population is not a homogeneous category. For the experiences of marginalized elderly (single elderly in India and the elderly in China who have lost their only child) may not be the experiences of all elderly." --- Shivangi Patel, PhD candidate, Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Delhi