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Discussion Questions
Reading 36
Anthropology Explored: The Best of Smithsonian AnthroNotes, 2ndedition
SOCI1250 – Introduction to Anthropology
Gary Toth - Instructor
Aging: An Anthropological Perspective (Reading 36)
Alison S. Brooks and Patricia Draper
1) What has made old age unique to modern humans?
2) How would you compare your family’s views about aging with those described
in this chapter, both with respect to views in America but also in the other
cultures as well.
3) Why do you think the elderly in the United States value independence? What
does that tell you about American culture? In general, how do you think the
elderly are treated in the United States?
4) Why do you think independence is impractical in many traditional societies?
5) How did the definition of care differ from society to society? What does that tell
you about each society?
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