Aging in East and West

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Aging in East and West

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Families, States, and the Elderly


  • Vern L. Bengtson PhD
  • Kyong-Dong Kim PhD
  • George Myers PhD
  • Ki-Soo Eun PhD

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Widely recognized experts present the first comparative analysis of recent developments among six Eastern and Western nations concerning population aging and its consequences. Chapters focus on demographic trends, sociocultural contexts, and policy implications. Nations selected as case studies include: the People's Republic of China, the Republic of Korea, Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

The editors and contributors call attention to the varied trajectories and effects of population aging in culturally diverse societies that are often at different stages or on different paths of economic development. Such analyses bring into sharper focus those conditions that are unique, or similar, and emphasize the ways in which cultural stereotypes of aging and the elderly complicate our understanding of the effects of world-wide population aging.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date September 20, 2000
  • Page Count 312
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826113511
  • EISBN 9780826116666

About The Author(s) 

Vern L. Bengtson, PhD, is AARP/university professor of gerontology emeritus and research professor, Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging, School of Social Work, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California. A senior statesman in gerontology, Bengtson is a world-recognized expert on the sociology of the life course, family sociology, social psychology, ethnicity and aging. He has been elected as president of the Gerontological Society of America and has been granted two MERIT awards for research from the National Institutes of Health. He has written or edited 17 books and published more than 260 research papers. Early in his career, Bengtson started the Longitudinal Study of Generations, a multigeneration and multidisciplinary investigation of families, aging, and social change, which now is in its 45th year of data collection from more than 350 multigenerational families. He has received research awards from the Gerontological Society of America, the American Sociological Association, the American Psychological Association, the National Council on Family Relations, and the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. As the lead editor on the two prior editions of the Handbook of Theories of Aging, and coeditor of the book that preceded them, Emergent Theories of Aging, Dr. Bengtson has led the charge to transform gerontology into a field that is rich in both data and theories.

Table of Contents 

    Section 1: Comparative Lessons between East and West
  1. Aging in the East and West at the Turn of the Century, Kyong-Dong Kim, Vern L. Bengtson, George C. Myers, and Ki-Soo Eun
  2. Aging in Industrial Societies, East and West: A “Western” Comparative Perspective, Catherine Jones Finer
  3. An Asian Perspective on Aging in East and West, Kyu-taik Sung

  4. Section II: Aging in Asian Societies
  5. China: Population Aging and Old Age, Shengiu Gu and Jersey Liang
  6. Japan: Hyper-aging and its Policy Implications, Hiroshi Kojima
  7. Korea: Demographic Trends, Sociocultural Contects, and Public Policy, Gene Yoon, Ki-Soo Eun, and Keong Suk-park

  8. Section III: Aging in Western Societies
  9. Germany: Demography and Aging: Policy Following Reunification, Ineke Maas
  10. The United Kingdom: Demographic Trends, Recent Policy Developments, and Care Provisions, Helen P. Bartlett and David R. Phillips
  11. The United States: Population Demographics, Changes in the Family, and Social Policy Challenges, Tonya M. Parrott, Terry L. Mills and Vern L. Bengtson

  12. Section IV: Conceptual and Methodological Issues
  13. Cultural Stereotypes of Old Age, Kwong-Dong Kim
  14. Innovative Strategies for Comparative Aging Research, George C. Myers Part

  15. Section IV: Conclusion
  16. Who Will Care for the Elderly? Consequences of population aging East and West, Vern L. Bengtson and Norella Putney