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Ageing Populations in the North and South of Europe1

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The initial question posed in this paper is "what are the 'problems' of an ageing population" but this question is qualified by asking the essential supplementary question 'a problem for whom?'. Groups which may identify or experience an ageing population as a problem include, the state, local communities, families, and elderly people themselves. These questions are approached through a comparison of Devon in the United Kingdom and Bosnia and Hercegovina in Yugoslavia. The contemporary situation of elderly people in each location is examined and contrasts and similarities between them pointed out. Contrasts are found in the demographic processes of population ageing, the location of elderly people, family structures, and housing problems. These macrosociological patterns are illustrated by case examples of elderly people.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Sociology, University of Exeter, Exeter EX4 4RJ; 2: University of Sarajevo, Obala 7, Sarajevo, Yugoslavia


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