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Aged in Changing Social System: Their Problems

R P Mohanty (Author) N.K. Behura (Author)
Synopsis The traditional Indian social system has been changing very fast because of the steadily engulfing forces of modernization, urbanization, industrialization and other such processes. It has drastically affected the rural family structure in general and the age-old Indian joint family system in particular. In urban fringes the joint family system has been disintegrated to a large extent and therefore, the social and economic significance of this institution has significantly diminished. The fact of consumerism and individualistic attitude of the younger generation has necessitated them to drift away from their villages to gain more comfort and achieving future goals in urban areas. In such a situation the poor and helpless aged parents are left behind alone in villages, where they feel socially helpless and economically unsecured and thereby they are compelled to lead a life of uncertainty and tribulation. In this piece of study, an attempt has been made to highlight various problems of the aged residing in urban fringes after their retirement from government and private salaried jobs. This study focuses on the general demographic trends of the aged of Indian population taking the case of the state of Orissa as an example. However, the prime thrust of the study is based on empirical findings on the aspects, like living condition of the aged with special reference to family types, living arrangement, economic support i.e. work participation and contribution of physical labour of the aged towards family members, renderance of advice and their participation in decision making process, food and narcotic habits, health, diseases and treatment process, leisure and recreational activities, old-age and difficulties in withdrawal and utilization of pension etc. Apart from all these, the book also speaks about the constitutional safeguards and welfare measures of the government, and finally, it also provides some constructive suggestions for the well-being of the aged. The book is enriched with few case studies.
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About the author

N.K. Behura

Prof. N.K. Behura (b. 1933) secured University Gold Medal in anthropology from Bihar University. He was awarded Ph.D. degree in Social Anthropology (1973) under Utkal University. He has headed the Department of anthropology, Utkal University. While serving in the anthropological Survey of India he has conducted field work among several tribal communities and caste groups in various States. He was a past President of the anthropology and Archaeology Section of Indian Science Congress, 80th Session, and also the recipient of R.P. Chanda Medal from the Asiatic Society. He was an U.G.C. Emeritus and Member of Orissa State Commission for Socially and Educationally Backward Commission. Currently, he is an Honorary Fellow in Nabakrushna Choudhury Centre for Development Studies, Bhubaneshwar, Orissa.

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Title Aged in Changing Social System: Their Problems
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8171419232
length xvi+209p., Tables.