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Ageing: Indian Perspective

L. Thara Bhai (Author)
Synopsis The old and aged in a society represent the bedrock of its existence: symbolizing the past. They are the carriers of tradition, values and experience, the guiding light for the young without whom society is not total and lose its stability. And progress that a society makes, culturally and morally, is reflected in the way it treats its aged. This volume, comprising presentations at a national seminar on issues of ageing of current importance, takes up crucial problems faced by the old, suggests ways to address them and discusses the future scenario viewing ageing and the aged in the context of increasing modernization. The well-researched papers, reflecting clarity in though and language, deal with aspects like inter-generational problems of the old, and environment’s effect on them and their nutritional status and health problems. They examine how the age-old institution of the family and the newly-evolved concept of the old-age home cater to the needs and comforts of the elderly persons, with investigations into care of the aged in specific homes and institutions. They also focus specially on the plight of the poor aged and old women who are debilitated by the social environment and conditions as well. They study the priorities of action where the welfare of the aged is concerned, reviewing policies and programmes in operation including the National Policy for Welfare of the aged. The book would prove invaluable to scholars of gerontology and sociologists and be of interest to general readers as well.
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About the author

L. Thara Bhai

Dr. L. Thara Bhai currently Coordinator, School of Social Sciences, Head the Department of Sociology, Madurai Kamaraj University secured her M.A. in Sociology in 1972 and Ph.D. in 1976 from the University of Kerala. She has 32 years of research experience and 30 years of teaching experience. She did her postdoctoral work in the area of Women in New Professions at the University of Auburn, Alabama in 1989-90. She is an internationally reputed scholar in the field of Sociology and Women's Studies. She was the Visiting Professor to the University of Helsinki in 1996. She is the member of National and International Sociological associations. She was in the Editorial Board of the Journal of Contemporary Religion. She is the convener of the Research Committee on Religion and Society of Indian Sociological Society. Dr. Thara Bhai has to her credit five books and more than 35 articles in both international and national journals. He recognition of Dr. L. Thara Bhai's outstanding work in the area of Social Change and Women's Empowerment the Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology has conferred her with the Tamil Nadu Scientist Award in the field of Social Sciences for the year 2003. She had visited several foreign countries. At present she is involved in research activities in the areas like Women's Studies, Social Change and Development, Rural Development, Social Gerontology.

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Bibliographic information

Title Ageing: Indian Perspective
Author L. Thara Bhai
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Decent Books
Language: English
isbn 8186921192
length ix+350p., Indices; 23cm.