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Are there any controversies between different theoretical perspectives in aging?

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Jojo Wan
4 August 2021
Are there any controversies between different theoretical perspectives in aging?

Are there any controversies between different theoretical perspectives in aging?

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SK Lau
4 August 2021

I hope they work for you.

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Jojo Wan
4 August 2021

Thanks for your input.

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SK Lau
4 August 2021

Some theories have stirred considerable controversy, for example, “modernization” theory studying the transition from a “traditional” to a “modern” society. This theory tries to identify the social variables contributing to social progress, to describe the process of change, and to identify the adaptation to that change. The theory argues that modernization is necessary, since traditional societies will develop as they adopt modern practices, and reflected by higher standards of living. The critics of the theory, argue that it lacks adequate empirical support; sees non-modernized societies as inferior even if they have the same standard of living as western societies; and ignores the fact that the division between traditional and modern is arbitrary. An important aspect of modernization is the advent of new technologies. For some, recent technical advances and new skills, accessible to the younger generations, have considerable risk of stimulating ageism. However, critics of this position underline the fact that this situation cannot be generalized, since older generations are increasingly active in modern technologies and may in some circumstances be responsible for their knowledge and experience. An important criticism comes from the general view that the traditional family continues to be crucial in supporting the oldest adults, although important variations are observed across cultures.

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