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By Akiko Hashimoto

The present of Generations is a comparative examine of getting older and the social agreement in Japan and the USA. through the use of unique, systematically similar information accumulated in those nations, the e-book explores the various cultural definitions of vulnerability and giving, and the methods they form and constrain the social thoughts of routinizing aiding preparations. The e-book succeeds in interweaving the speculation and perform of the social agreement via constructing the concept that of symbolic fairness.

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The underlying prescriptions of obligation and entitlement in Japan and the United States derive from differences in the meaning of equity that the two societies establish in the social contracts. Japanese 17 Ronald P.

Simmons, The Gift of Life: The Effect of Organ Transplantation on Individual Family and Societal Dynamics; J. A. Piliavin and H. W. " 23 Richard Titmuss, The Gift Relationship: From Human Blood to Social Policy, 225. See also Alvin Gouldner, "The Importance of Something for Nothing," 268. 15 The Gift of Generations credits, and debts - to regulate our tendency to keep rather than to give. Practices of entitlement, obligation, and reciprocity in support are therefore central to both Japanese and American systems.

17 Two Communities, Two Societies This street was the busiest around here, but now all business is gone to Station Plaza. . Land Reform even changed the name of this place. - Shimada Toshio (67), former company employee W HEN older people talk about their past, one is immediately struck by the broad range of history they have witnessed in their lifetimes. The elderly provide a special fascination, because their retrospective accounts of the past often point to continuities and changes that lead to the present and also project into the future.

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