Aging and Ethnicity. Toward an Interface by Leo Driedger

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Many move into small towns, easily accessible to their children, where they are not too distant from their neighbours and kin. Occupational Status and Modern Technology Cowgill (1974) suggested economic technology as a third indicator of modernization and argued that new urban occupations provide evidence of this increased technology. 3, 15 categories of occupations are listed, some of them distinctly rural (farming and primary occupations, such as mining, fishing, and forestry) and others clearly more urban (managerial, engineering, clerical, sales).

C. 5 Total Canad, SOURCE: Derived from the 2% Public Census Tape obtained from the Canadian Association on Gerontology/Association Canadienne de Gerontologie. I, numerically. 6 Man. 3 British Ont. B. S. Nfld. 7 48 Aging and Ethnicity: Toward an Interface prairie governments develop multiethnic policy? Should they focus on regions where one of the many groups is highly concentrated, or must they serve all equally everywhere? This multiethnic mix is also very evident in Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver, where recent immigrants have been attracted in large numbers.

In modern industrial society, with its demand for current knowledge and technological innovation, the skills of many aged persons quickly become outmoded; hence, the bargaining position of the retired person quickly deteriorates as his or her supply of power resources becomes depleted. The aged of preindustrial society were more able than the aged of today to accumulate a large share of power resources, largely due to expertise gained from a life of living in a much more stable society. When the exchange relation becomes unbalanced, equilibrium can be restored through four balancing operations: withdrawal, extension of the power network, emergence of status, and coalition formation.

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