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The gift of generations : Japanese and American perspectives on aging and the social contract

Author: Akiko Hashimoto
Publisher: Cambridge Cambridge Univ. Press 1996
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is a comparative study of aging and the social contract in Japan and the United States. By using quantitative and institutional data as well as absorbing life histories, the book explores the  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Cross-cultural studies
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Akiko Hashimoto
ISBN: 0521483077 9780521483070 0521555205 9780521555203
OCLC Number: 832373944
Description: XV, 226 Seiten Diagramme 23 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction: the social designation of deserving citizens; The private discourse: expectations of vulnerability - the public discourse: responsibilities for intervention - values, interests, and symbolic equity: a framework of analysis; 2. Two communities - two societies: West Haven - Westside Odawara - comparing communities; 3. Rights and responsibilities in the public domain: entitlement, obligation, and equity - individual, family, and state; 4. The practice of protection and intervention in the private domain: inside the household - outside the household - family and network - the recognition of vulnerability; 5. The Japanese viewpoint: the protective approach; 6. The American viewpoint: the contingency approach; 7. Cultural assumptions and values: trajectories of need - conditions of security - intergenerational equity - primary bonds of affection - units of self-sufficiency - visions of resource affluence; 8. The social regulation of interests: credit, debt, and mutual interests - rights, responsibilities, and collective interests - the logic of symbolic equity - distribution of symbolic resources: empowerment and disempowerment - social and cultural constructions of support - vulnerability and security - entitlement and obligation - reciprocity and dependency - failures and costs; 9. Conclusion: Reflections on diversity and change.
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