Age and the Institutional Paradigm

  • Rhoda H. Halperin


Individuals in all cultures grow old, change their productive tasks, and their involvement in economic processes. The socal units within which individuals produce, distribute and consume their livelihood change with time and thus, age. The fact that age has been treated only serendipitously in anthropological studies of economic processes is a reflection of our own culture’s denial of the inevitable aging process (Myerhoff, 1978). Aging processes are as much a part of culture as production or distribution processes, and they are linked in variable and intricate ways in different cultures.1


Economic Process Economic Organisation Economic Role Reciprocal Exchange Egalitarian Society 
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© Rhoda H. Halperin 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Rhoda H. Halperin
    • 1
  1. 1.University of CincinnatiUSA

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