Cultural Conceptions of Old Age in a Rural Community

Turai, Tünde (Articol)

“The life-course is considered by the author as a cultural scenario, which contains the most important borderlines signalling the passages. The notions demographic elderly and social elderly seems to be insufficient to present and explain the complexity of the old age, reason why the notions cultural ageing and culturally elderly are applied in this paper. The threshold of old age cannot be defined by only one, especially by one artificially fixed principle – like demographers and sociologists do. The principles that divide the life stages seem to be culturally coded. The passage from adulthood to old age is not easy to set because of the lack of a clear, performed event. This passage is rather gradual, invisible, latent, long and sophisticated process. The principles by the help of which the investigated community forms the complex matrix of this threshold are: health state, esthetical signs, changes in the carried out work, change of the family status (grandparent, widow), life-stage characteristics of the economic situation, generational age context, location change, and the representation of an earlier world.”

Cuvinte cheie: Ageing, Cultural Construction, Elderly, and Life-Course

Revista de etnografie și folclor / Journal of Ethnography and Folklore

2010, nr. 1-2