Will You Still Need Me, Will You Still Feed Me, When I’m 84?

Doris Francis
Distribution: World
Publication date: 4/1/1984
ISBN: 978-0-253-11368-9
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A Choice Outstanding Academic Book of 1984
“Many ethnographic monographs are praise-worthy on conceptual and methodological grounds; some combine solid contributions to knowledge with trenchant social-policy recommendations; a few are eminently readable. This work . . . is excellent on all three counts. For academic libraries at all levels and public libraries.” —Choice

A compelling and touching portrait of the problems of growing old. This pioneering study compares the ways two groups have adapted to, and coped with, being aged in contemporary urban society.

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Table of Contents


1 Opportunities and Constraints
2 Kinship
3 The Urban Context: Old Neighborhoods and Social Networks
4 Friendship, Neighborhood, and Kinship: Interrelated Networks in Cornell
5 Friendship, Neighborhood, and Kinship: Interrelated Networks in Leeds
6 Adjustment to an Old-Age Role
7 The Sociology and Anthropology of the Elderly: Studies and Proposals

Appendix A: Aide-Memoire and Case History Schema
Appendix B: Charts Detailing Life History Data and Exchange