By Jennie Keith, Christine L. Fry, Anthony P. Glascock, Charlotte Ikels, Jeanette Dickerson-Putman, Henry C. Harpending, Patricia Draper

In an try to comprehend the which means of getting old and the remedy of the elderly in numerous cultures, seven anthropologists have made reviews of 10 groups on 4 continents - the result of that are awarded during this e-book. The authors use either qualitative and statistical facts to envision such matters as: well-being and health and wellbeing, perceptions of the lifestyles path, fabric assets, and performance of elders. a distinct resource, The getting older adventure provides a close comparative research of getting old around the globe.

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O u r zeal to quantify and c o m p a r e h a d p u l l e d u s d a n g e r o u s l y far a w a y f r o m t h e g o a l o f c u l t u r a l validity. T h e r e a s o n s w h y o u r r e s e a r c h r e q u i r e d l o n g term, ethnographic case studies were the s a m e reasons w h y a u n i v e r s a l c o d i n g s c h e m e w a s i m p o s s i b l e . C o d e s , like t h e m e a s u r e s w e originally d e f i n e d , c o u l d b e c o m p a r a b l e b u t n o t s t a n d a r d i z e d either a c r o s s q u e s t i o n s or across sites.

O u r zeal to quantify and c o m p a r e h a d p u l l e d u s d a n g e r o u s l y far a w a y f r o m t h e g o a l o f c u l t u r a l validity. T h e r e a s o n s w h y o u r r e s e a r c h r e q u i r e d l o n g term, ethnographic case studies were the s a m e reasons w h y a u n i v e r s a l c o d i n g s c h e m e w a s i m p o s s i b l e . C o d e s , like t h e m e a s u r e s w e originally d e f i n e d , c o u l d b e c o m p a r a b l e b u t n o t s t a n d a r d i z e d either a c r o s s q u e s t i o n s or across sites.

B a n d societies h a v e little social differentiation, a n d g r o u p s of u s u a l l y 15 t o 2 5 people m o v e over large areas of land. The b a n d society about w h i c h t h e b e s t a n d m o s t e x t e n s i v e i n f o r m a t i o n a l r e a d y exists is t h a t o f t h e ! K u n g of B o t s w a n a a n d N a m i b i a , often r e f e r r e d to as B u s h m e n . A l t h o u g h t h e y are n o w citizens of t h e s e t w o n a t i o n - s t a t e s , t h e ! K u n g a r e still relatively t e n u o u s l y l i n k e d i n t o t h e i r political, e c o n o m i c , or educational systems.

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