Aging and Ethnicity. Toward an Interface by Leo Driedger

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G. Vallee, Language Use in Canada, p. 107 (Ottawa: Minister of Supply and Services, 1980), extracted from Census of Population in Canada, 1980. Reproduced with permission. * Data refer to British ethnic origin shifting to French mother tongue in this case. 4 SOURCE: Derived from the 2 % Public Census Tape obtained from the Canadian Association on Gerontology/Association Canadienne de Gerontologie. 6 Continued 46 Aging and Ethnicity: Toward an Interface Europeans are also very heavily concentrated in the prairies, where ethnic, political, and religious pluralism are most evident.

Vallee, Language Use in Canada, p. 107 (Ottawa: Minister of Supply and Services, 1980), extracted from Census of Population in Canada, 1980. Reproduced with permission. * Data refer to British ethnic origin shifting to French mother tongue in this case. 4 SOURCE: Derived from the 2 % Public Census Tape obtained from the Canadian Association on Gerontology/Association Canadienne de Gerontologie. 6 Continued 46 Aging and Ethnicity: Toward an Interface Europeans are also very heavily concentrated in the prairies, where ethnic, political, and religious pluralism are most evident.

Cowgill (1974, 134) suggests that children consciously or unconsciously feel superior to their parents because they are familiar with the latest trends. More youth move to the city, the city encourages a more modern lifestyle, and the new and modern promotes higher prestige. When these urbanites visit the country, they tend to feel that they are more sophisticated than their parents. In this sense there is a social distance and an inversion of social status, because the rural elderly are isolated and segregated socially.

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