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Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Sociology

Title

Reconfigured reciprocity: How aging Taiwanese immigrants transform cultural logics of elder care

Language

English

Abstract

Drawing on 55 interviews with older Taiwanese immigrants who relocated to the United States at an earlier life stage, the author argues that changing contextual features involved in the processes of international migration encourage and even demand aging immigrants to reconstruct cultural logics of aging and geriatric care. He develops the concept of reconfigured reciprocity to demonstrate how aging migrant populations transform cultural logics of intergenerational responsibility, obligation, and entitlement to reconcile the tension between ethnic tradition and modernity. First, he reveals how many of the respondents' lack of caregiving for their own parents undermines their sense of entitlement to receive care from younger generations. Furthermore, he highlights how the structural squeeze among work, family, and caregiving with which the younger generation struggles further discourages the respondents from relying on their children. Finally, the author underscores how aging immigrants evoke the concept of Americanization to reconstruct expectations of how they should be taken care of in their twilight years. © National Council on Family Relations, 2014.

Keywords

Aging, Caregiving, Elderly, Ethnicity, Family relations, Migration

Publication Date

2014

Source Publication Title

Journal of Marriage and Family

Volume

76

Issue

4

Start Page

875

End Page

889

Publisher

Wiley

ISSN (print)

00222445

ISSN (electronic)

17413737

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