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Aging and Intergenerational Relations in Spain and Spanish America

Aging and Intergenerational Relations in Spain and Spanish America CHAPTER 7 Aging and Intergenerational Relations in Spain and Spanish America STANLEY H. BRANDES DEPARl'MENT OF AmmtOPOl..OOY UNIVERSITY OF CALIFOR.."IA AT BERKELEY This study is designed as an explicitly cultural anthropological contribu tio n to the study of aging, kinship, and social change. Anthropologists have long relied on the quantitative methods more characteri stic of demographers. sociol ogis ts. and other social scientis ts. They sim ilarly incorpora te into their work the types of findings thar can be derived from survey research and aggregate stati stics. However, perhaps the main contribution of cultural anthropology lies in the area of qualitative research , spec ifically ethnography based on participant observa­ tion. In particular, it is participant observat ion- that is. long-term residence among a given people. enabling one to share their lives and th oughts. but (a t lea,,( ideally) at the same time maintaining some in structive distance from them­ w hi ch g ives anth ropology its special stamp. It is that methodology that provides researchers a spec ial entree into the minds of their informants and ofte n reveals highly sensitive personal opinions and mot ivations. Such research methods are especially valuable in the study of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Annual Review of Gerontology & Geriatrics Springer Publishing

Aging and Intergenerational Relations in Spain and Spanish America

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Springer Publishing
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0198-8794
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1944-4036
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10.1891/0198-8794.13.1.147
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CHAPTER 7 Aging and Intergenerational Relations in Spain and Spanish America STANLEY H. BRANDES DEPARl'MENT OF AmmtOPOl..OOY UNIVERSITY OF CALIFOR.."IA AT BERKELEY This study is designed as an explicitly cultural anthropological contribu tio n to the study of aging, kinship, and social change. Anthropologists have long relied on the quantitative methods more characteri stic of demographers. sociol ogis ts. and other social scientis ts. They sim ilarly incorpora te into their work the types of findings thar can be derived from survey research and aggregate stati stics. However, perhaps the main contribution of cultural anthropology lies in the area of qualitative research , spec ifically ethnography based on participant observa­ tion. In particular, it is participant observat ion- that is. long-term residence among a given people. enabling one to share their lives and th oughts. but (a t lea,,( ideally) at the same time maintaining some in structive distance from them­ w hi ch g ives anth ropology its special stamp. It is that methodology that provides researchers a spec ial entree into the minds of their informants and ofte n reveals highly sensitive personal opinions and mot ivations. Such research methods are especially valuable in the study of

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Annual Review of Gerontology & GeriatricsSpringer Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 1993

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