The old mind the house: the elderly and their place in the modern Minangkabau family in Indonesia

Fanany, Rebecca and Fanany, Ismet 2016, The old mind the house: the elderly and their place in the modern Minangkabau family in Indonesia, International journal of aging and society, vol. 6, no. 4, pp. 17-26.

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Title The old mind the house: the elderly and their place in the modern Minangkabau family in Indonesia
Author(s) Fanany, RebeccaORCID iD for Fanany, Rebecca
Fanany, Ismet
Journal name International journal of aging and society
Volume number 6
Issue number 4
Start page 17
End page 26
Total pages 10
Publisher Common Ground Publishing
Place of publication Champaign, Ill.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 2160-1909
Keyword(s) social support
traditional society
Summary The many local cultures of Indonesia are often thought of as being more family-oriented than is usual in western societies and taking a more communal approach to providing care for individuals who require it within the context of traditional family and social structures. While this situation does represent an idealized conceptualization of traditional values, the reality of modern life in Indonesia has often not supported the maintenance of such patterns. This paper investigates the dilemma faced by many Minangkabau families in caring for elderly relatives in modern Indonesia. Based on a large study of aging among members of this ethnic group, it describes the social forces that shape modernIndonesian life and their effects on traditional social structures with a focus on the impact of such change on the experience of older individuals. In the context of increasing life expectancy nationwide, care alternatives for the elderly are required as traditional structures either no longer exist or are increasingly inadequate to accommodate the needs of older people who often have significant health problems. This paper focuses on the way Minangkabau families are addressing the needs of older relatives and the changing experience of these elderly themselves relative to the culturally expected norm of the past.
Language eng
Field of Research 160805 Social Change
Socio Economic Objective 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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