Old age support: Expectations and experiences in a South Indian village

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Future expectations of support in old age and current conditions of living among the elderly are analysed in the context of changing socio-economic structures in a South Indian village. Evidence shows that the traditional means of support - sons - are becoming less reliable. The experience of the elderly, on the other hand, shows that the elderly are in a worse economic situation than would be expected from the Indian cultural ideal. In particular, the poor and women are most affected in terms of old-age support. The evidence about the link between fertility and old-age support suggests a middle position in the Cain-Vlassoff debate. While existing living conditions make children the main source of support in old age, they are becoming less reliable as a result of recent economic and social changes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-19
Number of pages15
JournalPopulation Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

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