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By Sarah Lamb

The proliferation of outdated age houses and lengthening numbers of aged dwelling by myself are startling new phenomena in India. those developments are on the topic of huge in a foreign country migration and the transnational dispersal of households. during this relocating and insightful account, Sarah Lamb exhibits that older people are cutting edge brokers within the approaches of social-cultural switch. Lamb's research probes debates and cultural assumptions in either India and the U.S. concerning how most sensible to age; the right kind social-moral courting between members, genders, households, the marketplace, and the kingdom; and methods of discovering that means within the human lifestyles course.

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Some of my informants on the younger end of seniority were still caring for their own parent/s or parent/s-in-law, often in their own homes (or, in a few cases, co-residing in an old age home), although they were still locally defined as “old” or “senior” themselves, according to family cycle, work, and chronological age criteria.  introduction Many of these older informants saw themselves as the ones in their society experiencing and grappling with the most cultural change, as both older and newer (to put it simply) models of living were very real, live, and present for them.

The son and daughter-in-law were imprisoned for two months. When I interviewed the district Officer in Charge  The Remaking of Aging about the case and asked what kind of filial “torture” had transpired, he replied in a matter-of-fact tone, “Oh, they didn’t feed him. ” The Officer in Charge interpreted this and other similar cases in terms of a framework of modernity: “These days” the younger generation has become “materialistic” and “self-centered” and no longer wishes to care for its elders.

The daughter has a brother, I mentioned, so maybe I’ll be able to find out from her why her brother doesn’t look after his parents? My driver, a middle-aged man of four children approaching their marriageable years, promptly and pensively replied: Oh, madam, these days children (chelera)1 have become such a way that they just don’t (emni, for no particular reason) look after their parents. This age (yug) is very bad, you know? If old parents have some money, then the children will stay with them and look after them, as long as the parents are advantageous to them financially.

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