The meaning of aging among mature Kibbutz members

Yasmin Asaf, Israel Doron

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The kibbutz movement's population is aging quickly and its population of aged is growing both relatively and in absolute numbers. The rise in a population's aging results from a drop in birthrates and an increase in life expectancy. The kibbutz movement is not different from Israeli society or from the rest of the world. The desire to create a just and equal society that would provide an alternative to capitalist society is part of the kibbutz idea. The chapter analyses the understanding of significances ascribed to old age and aging by the "younger elderly" in kibbutzim undergoing changes. The "young elderly" display a responsibility and duty toward their families and the extended kibbutz framework. The involvement of the young elderly in kibbutz and family life emphasizes the fact that they do not see themselves as "old." The chapter shows how kibbutz members on the verge of old age saw the impact of the changes on their personal process of aging.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOne Hundred Years of Kibbutz Life
Subtitle of host publicationA Century of Crises and Reinvention
EditorsM. Palgi , S. Reinharz
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781351501675
ISBN (Print)9781412842297
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2017

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  • General Social Sciences


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