AGEING EUROPE - UP TO DATE PROBLEM: THE POSSIBILITIES OF ETHNOLOGICAL REFLECTION AND INTERPRETATION (ON THE EXAMPLE OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCES FROM AUSTRIA)
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The article presents some notions concerning the old age and ageing in society and the ability (or disability?) of the society to cope with the problem of generational gaps and generational relationships. On the base of two experiences (attendance at a lecture concerning the old age and palliative care and a conference about family) the authoress tries to draw the attention to the need of the cooperation between several scientific disciplines (like demography, sociology, politology, history, cultural studies and European ethnology) in studying problems of old age and ageing in society. She also concentrates on the sovereign expertise of e.g. European ethnology, historical anthropology or cultural studies to grasp the essential part of the study of the problem of ageing - the quality of the generational relationships, based on the qualitative research. In the authoress' opinion, in the public as well as in the academic discourse about the ageing of society, this aspect is at least as important as the statistical data.
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