Title: The continuum of care: Support for the elderly in a South Osakan neighbourhood
This presentation outlines the construction of the category of the elderly in Japan and explores the nexus of community welfare relations in a neighbourhood in South Osaka with a particular focus on community care for the elderly. Without trying to create an overly coherent image of local community welfare as a system, I sketch some of the institutions and actors involved and their ties and connections. These actors range from the local authorities and not-for-profit organizations to the private sector, specifically small and larger businesses enabled by the Long-Term Care Insurance (LCTI) Law of 1999 to provide welfare services covered by the plan. Many of the actors involved in providing certain welfare services, such as volunteer welfare commissioners (minseiiin), helpers or volunteers, are themselves over the age of 65 and so could be considered elderly. I therefore argue that the category of the elderly (kōreisha) is considerably more variable and complex than it might at first appear. It cannot be reduced to an image of frail dependent people, as many older Japanese are involved in support giving and care provision to others and not merely receiving support.
Date: Thursday, July 18, 2013
Place: Osaka University, School of Human Sciences, Higashi-kan Room 404.
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Scott North Ph.D.
Professor、Department of Sociology
Graduate School of Human Sciences
〒565-0871 Osaka-fu, Suita-shi, Yamadaoka 1-2
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