Multiculturalism and Intergroup Relations

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tion to aging, both quantitatively and qualitatively, on the basis of evolving or evolved social relationships. The comparative and life- span perspectives briefly discussed here may enable us to build upon the existing theories of aging in a way that will recognize both the diversity of social characteristics possessed by the existing aging and the aged in a multicultural society and the various conditions that influenced people at specific periods in their life cycle.


Notes
1.
The term "double jeopardy" is used by Dowd and Bengtson ( 1978: 427) to describe a situation that arises from both age and race discrimination.
2.
In the Japanese-Canadian case, for example, the term "aged elderly" applies to the issei, those who are first-generation immigrants who came to Canada before World Wars I and II, and to the nisei, those born in Canada, especially before 1915.
3.
It has been suggested that what we are describing here is a case of "triple jeopardy" based on age, ethnicity, and what Robert Atchley calls the "period effect" ( 1980: 19). It is not so much that the aged Japanese Canadians are members of a particular ethnic group as it is that they had a particular historical experience that renders their situation in old age quite unique.
4.
For an elaboration on some of the social issues faced by visible minorities in Canadian society, see Ujimoto ( 1982a).

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