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In Search of the Everyday Life of Older People in Japan: Reflections Based on Scholarly Literature

Citation
Wilinska M & Anbacken E (2013) In Search of the Everyday Life of Older People in Japan: Reflections Based on Scholarly Literature, Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, 28 (4), pp. 435-451.

Abstract
The main objective of this paper is to critically examine discourses about old age in Japan, a country with perspectives that are culturally different from the European and American perspectives that tend to dominate the scholarly discourse on ageing. We focus our inquiry on the scientific discourse as representative of a system of knowledge that has a crucial role in determining ways of thinking and perceiving old age. Our literature review is based on a study of academic articles, within the field of gerontology, about the everyday life of older people in Japan that were published in the 10-year period between 1999 and 2009. We apply a Foucauldian gerontology perspective as our analytical tool. The results of our study indicate that there is insufficient knowledge about the everyday life of older people in Japan in gerontological research. We identify a number of discursive practices applied in various research projects that present a one-sided story of old age in Japan. In the conclusion of this paper, we identify a need for interdisciplinary and qualitative studies of old age in Japan that would include voices of older people.

Keywords
Old age; Japan; Literature review; Foucauldian gerontology

StatusPublished
AuthorsWilinska Monika, Anbacken Els-Marie
Publication date12/2013
Publication date online14/08/2013
PublisherSpringer
ISSN 0169-3816
LanguageEnglish

Journal
Journal of Cross-cultural Gerontology: Volume 28, Issue 4 (2013-Aug-14)

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