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Cultural Issues - Their Impact on the Health and Care of the Ageing Person




This chapter examines the issues of culture as they relate to aged care in the community. Culture can be contrasted with nature. We often assume that it is natural, or part of nature, to behave in specific ways. We may even argue that we are born to hold specific kinds of values and to behave in specific ways. A whole range of possibilities, tendencies, opportunities and constraints are almost certainly built into our genetic code and hence are part of our birthright. But in fact our specific values and behaviors are learned, commencing virtually from the day we are born. Despite the current debate about how far gender differences are innate, there is indisputable evidence that these and many other personal differences are in fact learned and hence cultural in nature.


Contents include

  • What is culture?
  • Culture community and self
  • Broad principles of intercultural understanding
  • Culture and the meaning of ageing
  • The aboriginal culture
  • Developing understanding
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Elery Hamilton-Smith is visiting Fellow, Lincoln Gerontology Centre, La Trobe University, Melbourne, and Director of Rethink Consulting Pty Ltd. He has 45 years' experience in social research and social planning, having worked at the community level, then as a social planning consultant across some 25 countries and eventually as a member of the Leisure Studies Department at Preston, later Phillip, Institute of Technology, then RMIT University. He has wide-ranging interests in social policy and social development, and has been a visiting professor at many universities in North America and Europ...

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