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Center>About the Book

Ageing is a universal experience for everyone with diversity in meaning and interpretation. The global phenomenon of population ageing also afflicts India. Though the process of ageing of India’s population is still in its early phase, it is expected to gain momentum in the 21st century and pose a major problem to the country.

Care for the elderly is fast emerging as a critical element of public and private concern. The interface between the State and social institutions in the care of the elderly forms an important area of inquiry the book seeks to examine how India has been coping with the problems of the elderly. Issues such as the dynamics of care giving processes as also the family’s coping capability are also explored. It also seeks to understand the social aspects concerning aged women in the country as they go through the process of ageing. It focuses attention on the position of ageing women and their well-being. Another concern is to examine the modes of state intervention over time in the care of the elderly, and its impact on social institutions. This leads s to examine whether state intervention results in either diminishing or in reducing these institutions to the status of being a ‘residue’. This study also seeks to inquire into the patterns of social support, both formal and informal. It does not observe that provision of care is not a zero-sum activity and that is there a fixed quantum of care to be given nor is it divisible between public and private spheres. It argues that there is complementarily rather than competition between formal and informal care. It advocates that attempts be made to interweave formal care with informal care.

The book will be highly useful to social gerontologists, geriatricians, policy makers, planners, social scientists and all those interested in issues related to the elderly.

About the Author

Dr. Arun P Bali is a sociologist and holds a MA., M. Litt. And Ph.D. degree in Sociology from the Centre for Advanced Study in Sodo1og Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. He was Fellow, Indian Institute of Advanced Smdic Shirnia from 1996 to 1998 where he worked on the monograph Care of the Elderly in India. Changing Configuration. He was JDPAD fellow affiliated to the International Institute of Asian Studies, Leiden and stationed at the has Branch Office at Amsterdam, Netherlands. His other puhlicanons include College Teachers: challenges and Responses; Bio-Social Dimensions of Ageing (ed); and The Prime Movers of Indian Society: Focus on Sociology of Professions (conjoint). He has also contributed papers in professional journals and books. His research interests are in the field of social gerontology sociology of social movements, sociology of professions and higher education. He is Managing Editor of the journal Indian Social Science Review.

Dr. Bali works as Director, Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi.

Foreword

Care of the elderly has emerged as a great complex problem all over the World in recent years. It has become a more complicated socio-economic and cultural problem in India due to a variety of historical factors such As changes in the traditional value system, rise of new economic pattern of life disintegration of joint family system, poverty, technological transformations, urbanization, etc. The present monograph on the Care of the Elderly in India situates the problem of ageing in India and tries to understand this problem in its various dimensions. It highlights the demographic profile of ageing and consequent emergent issues in the country. The next three chapters deal with the notion of care under various perspectives, seeks to understand the social aspects regarding aged women in the country and focuses on the role of the State in this task of caring. Lastly, it discusses the policies and programmers of the of elderly by the State and society in the context of changing demographic, economic and social issues.

I congratulate Dr. Arun P. Bali for producing a first rate monograph burning issue—the care of the elderly in India, on the basis of primary and secondary sources, along with facts and figures through its and tables. I am sure, the scholarly world as well as the Government welcome this highly interesting and valuable research in this I branch of sociological study.

Acknowledgments

The study was carried out by me during my tenure as Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla.

Ageing is a universal human experience. It is multi-faceted and incredibly diverse. In the process of studying the “aged” one never realizes when the obliteration of the “subject-object” dichotomy takes pace. Herein lays the chakravyuha-like predicament where one knows flow to enter but the clues to exit do not lie in the hands of the “subject” but rather in the immutable processes of time. However, the predicament also brings out a certain amount of dynamic tension in a study She as this where all the time the “subject” feels the “object” within. E this self-conscious exploration of the elderly, I am deeply indebted to Anjali, who initiated me into the highly complex world of social gerontology.

I wish to express heartfelt thanks to the Indian Institute of Advanced study for offering me a fellowship to work on this subject, and also for providing an extraordinarily wonderful ambience to work in. My study (room) in Princess Corridor in the main building, in Bilaspur House later in Delvilla where I spent endless hours at my desk provided the stimulating, reflective and quiet environment for work.

Gratitude is expressed to Professor Mrinal Miri, the then Director, IIAS, for his constant encouragement to pursue this study, and for his counsel and help during my work.

I also acknowledge with thanks Professor Sujata Miri for her constant encouragement and words of advice on several aspects of the subject. I was very fortunate to have been in the company of scholars like Drs. O. C. Handa, Ramashray Roy, Shekhar Pathak, Krishna Sobti, and Chetan Singh,, all Fellows at the Institute during my stay at IIAS. They all Show tremendous interest in the study and engaged me in long discourses on various aspects of the subject. I benefited from the interactions with them.

I sincerely thank each one of them. My special thanks to S .A. Jabbar for help rendered at various stages of my work.

For keeping a constant tab on my health situation and keeping me going and for the keen interest evinced in my study, Dr. Meenu, Resident Medical Officer at the Institute deserves a word of thanks.

The ever smiling and cheerful staff in the library was very helpful whenever I needed a book, article, journal or sitting space. Whenever a new addition came to their notice they would place it on my desk or send a message to my Study. Mr. D.K.Mukherjee, Librarian, Ms. Alekha, Mr. Naukh Ram, and Ms. Sharda deserve my thanks for their help and co-operation.

I wish to express my thanks to the ICSSR, and in particular, its former Chairman, Professor D. M. Nanjundappa, for granting me leave to avail the fellowship offered by the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, and also for the tremendous support and encouragement given to me by him for pursuing this study. To all the respondents who willingly gave their time and shared their experiences, I am very grateful. Their co-operation made this study possible. A number of people helped me in various ways. I appreciate the help given by Dr. Kalyan Bagchi, President, and Society for Gerontological Research, New Delhi; Maj. Gen. S. S. Sandhu, Director General, Help Age India, New Delhi; Group Capt. A.W. Limaye, Deputy Director General, Help Age India, New Delhi; Professor Indira Jai Prakash, Department of Psychology, Bangalore University, Bangalore; Professor K.G Gurumurthy, Department of Anthropology, Karnatak University, Dharwar; Professor Partha N. Mukher;i, former Director, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai; Professor P.K.B. Nayar, Chairman, Centre for Gerontological Studies, Tiruvananthapuram, and Dr. S. Vijaya Kumar, Council for Social Development, Hyderabad, during my fieldwork.

I am indebted to Anjali, Abhishek, and Prerana for their love, sacrifice, support and encouragement in enabling me to be at the HAS in Shimla to pursue my academic interests. They spent endless hours in discussing, planning and clearing several doubts. Without them it would simply not have been possible to complete this work. As a token of my love and affection, I have great pleasure in dedicating this book to them.

I appreciate the help and cooperation rendered by Mr. N. K. Malini, at the has, for seeing this work through the press.

contents

Foreword 7
Acknowledgements13
I Introduction24
II Ageing: A Snecial Concern65
III India’s Population Ageing: Emergent Issues81
IV Elderly and Informal Care131
V. Women in Later Life180
VI. State an are266
VII. Overview
Select Bibliography277

Care of The Elderly In India (Changing Configurarions)

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Center>About the Book

Ageing is a universal experience for everyone with diversity in meaning and interpretation. The global phenomenon of population ageing also afflicts India. Though the process of ageing of India’s population is still in its early phase, it is expected to gain momentum in the 21st century and pose a major problem to the country.

Care for the elderly is fast emerging as a critical element of public and private concern. The interface between the State and social institutions in the care of the elderly forms an important area of inquiry the book seeks to examine how India has been coping with the problems of the elderly. Issues such as the dynamics of care giving processes as also the family’s coping capability are also explored. It also seeks to understand the social aspects concerning aged women in the country as they go through the process of ageing. It focuses attention on the position of ageing women and their well-being. Another concern is to examine the modes of state intervention over time in the care of the elderly, and its impact on social institutions. This leads s to examine whether state intervention results in either diminishing or in reducing these institutions to the status of being a ‘residue’. This study also seeks to inquire into the patterns of social support, both formal and informal. It does not observe that provision of care is not a zero-sum activity and that is there a fixed quantum of care to be given nor is it divisible between public and private spheres. It argues that there is complementarily rather than competition between formal and informal care. It advocates that attempts be made to interweave formal care with informal care.

The book will be highly useful to social gerontologists, geriatricians, policy makers, planners, social scientists and all those interested in issues related to the elderly.

About the Author

Dr. Arun P Bali is a sociologist and holds a MA., M. Litt. And Ph.D. degree in Sociology from the Centre for Advanced Study in Sodo1og Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. He was Fellow, Indian Institute of Advanced Smdic Shirnia from 1996 to 1998 where he worked on the monograph Care of the Elderly in India. Changing Configuration. He was JDPAD fellow affiliated to the International Institute of Asian Studies, Leiden and stationed at the has Branch Office at Amsterdam, Netherlands. His other puhlicanons include College Teachers: challenges and Responses; Bio-Social Dimensions of Ageing (ed); and The Prime Movers of Indian Society: Focus on Sociology of Professions (conjoint). He has also contributed papers in professional journals and books. His research interests are in the field of social gerontology sociology of social movements, sociology of professions and higher education. He is Managing Editor of the journal Indian Social Science Review.

Dr. Bali works as Director, Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi.

Foreword

Care of the elderly has emerged as a great complex problem all over the World in recent years. It has become a more complicated socio-economic and cultural problem in India due to a variety of historical factors such As changes in the traditional value system, rise of new economic pattern of life disintegration of joint family system, poverty, technological transformations, urbanization, etc. The present monograph on the Care of the Elderly in India situates the problem of ageing in India and tries to understand this problem in its various dimensions. It highlights the demographic profile of ageing and consequent emergent issues in the country. The next three chapters deal with the notion of care under various perspectives, seeks to understand the social aspects regarding aged women in the country and focuses on the role of the State in this task of caring. Lastly, it discusses the policies and programmers of the of elderly by the State and society in the context of changing demographic, economic and social issues.

I congratulate Dr. Arun P. Bali for producing a first rate monograph burning issue—the care of the elderly in India, on the basis of primary and secondary sources, along with facts and figures through its and tables. I am sure, the scholarly world as well as the Government welcome this highly interesting and valuable research in this I branch of sociological study.

Acknowledgments

The study was carried out by me during my tenure as Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla.

Ageing is a universal human experience. It is multi-faceted and incredibly diverse. In the process of studying the “aged” one never realizes when the obliteration of the “subject-object” dichotomy takes pace. Herein lays the chakravyuha-like predicament where one knows flow to enter but the clues to exit do not lie in the hands of the “subject” but rather in the immutable processes of time. However, the predicament also brings out a certain amount of dynamic tension in a study She as this where all the time the “subject” feels the “object” within. E this self-conscious exploration of the elderly, I am deeply indebted to Anjali, who initiated me into the highly complex world of social gerontology.

I wish to express heartfelt thanks to the Indian Institute of Advanced study for offering me a fellowship to work on this subject, and also for providing an extraordinarily wonderful ambience to work in. My study (room) in Princess Corridor in the main building, in Bilaspur House later in Delvilla where I spent endless hours at my desk provided the stimulating, reflective and quiet environment for work.

Gratitude is expressed to Professor Mrinal Miri, the then Director, IIAS, for his constant encouragement to pursue this study, and for his counsel and help during my work.

I also acknowledge with thanks Professor Sujata Miri for her constant encouragement and words of advice on several aspects of the subject. I was very fortunate to have been in the company of scholars like Drs. O. C. Handa, Ramashray Roy, Shekhar Pathak, Krishna Sobti, and Chetan Singh,, all Fellows at the Institute during my stay at IIAS. They all Show tremendous interest in the study and engaged me in long discourses on various aspects of the subject. I benefited from the interactions with them.

I sincerely thank each one of them. My special thanks to S .A. Jabbar for help rendered at various stages of my work.

For keeping a constant tab on my health situation and keeping me going and for the keen interest evinced in my study, Dr. Meenu, Resident Medical Officer at the Institute deserves a word of thanks.

The ever smiling and cheerful staff in the library was very helpful whenever I needed a book, article, journal or sitting space. Whenever a new addition came to their notice they would place it on my desk or send a message to my Study. Mr. D.K.Mukherjee, Librarian, Ms. Alekha, Mr. Naukh Ram, and Ms. Sharda deserve my thanks for their help and co-operation.

I wish to express my thanks to the ICSSR, and in particular, its former Chairman, Professor D. M. Nanjundappa, for granting me leave to avail the fellowship offered by the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, and also for the tremendous support and encouragement given to me by him for pursuing this study. To all the respondents who willingly gave their time and shared their experiences, I am very grateful. Their co-operation made this study possible. A number of people helped me in various ways. I appreciate the help given by Dr. Kalyan Bagchi, President, and Society for Gerontological Research, New Delhi; Maj. Gen. S. S. Sandhu, Director General, Help Age India, New Delhi; Group Capt. A.W. Limaye, Deputy Director General, Help Age India, New Delhi; Professor Indira Jai Prakash, Department of Psychology, Bangalore University, Bangalore; Professor K.G Gurumurthy, Department of Anthropology, Karnatak University, Dharwar; Professor Partha N. Mukher;i, former Director, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai; Professor P.K.B. Nayar, Chairman, Centre for Gerontological Studies, Tiruvananthapuram, and Dr. S. Vijaya Kumar, Council for Social Development, Hyderabad, during my fieldwork.

I am indebted to Anjali, Abhishek, and Prerana for their love, sacrifice, support and encouragement in enabling me to be at the HAS in Shimla to pursue my academic interests. They spent endless hours in discussing, planning and clearing several doubts. Without them it would simply not have been possible to complete this work. As a token of my love and affection, I have great pleasure in dedicating this book to them.

I appreciate the help and cooperation rendered by Mr. N. K. Malini, at the has, for seeing this work through the press.

contents

Foreword 7
Acknowledgements13
I Introduction24
II Ageing: A Snecial Concern65
III India’s Population Ageing: Emergent Issues81
IV Elderly and Informal Care131
V. Women in Later Life180
VI. State an are266
VII. Overview
Select Bibliography277
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