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Type Journal Article - Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology
Title Gerontological research in China: The role of anthropological inquiry
Author(s)
Volume 4
Issue 3
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 1989
Page numbers 199-224
URL http://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/bitstream/handle/2027.42/42988/10823_2004_Article_BF00119706.pdf?seque​nce=1
Abstract
One fifth of the world's elderly population lives in China. Until recently
political restrictions have hindered the conduct of research particularly ethnography. This
piece provides an overview of recent research findings by Western scholars and of
ethnographic research in progress in the areas of demography, state policy, age stratification,
family planning, residence patterns, inter-generational transfers, patrilineality,
health, illness, long term care, social welfare, and mortuary ritual. It analyzes the
potential contributions of ethnography in this area.

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