Indian Diaspora

Voices of the Diasporic Elders in Five Countries


Indian Diaspora/Social Gerontology/Nursing/Multiculturalism/Education
In historic and ethnographic accounts of Indians living in diaspora, the elderly seem to receive much less attention than the new generation and its progress, prosperity and success. Using critical pedagogy approach, this book attempts to close that gap by focusing on the voices of the Punjabi, Bengali, Sindhi, and Gujarati diasporic Indians elderly, living in five countries. Learning to listen to the voices of these seniors may enable professors, teachers, students, policy makers, and parents to work towards building democratic societies.

Biographical Note

Professor Kalyani Mehta teaches at the Department of Social Work, National University of Singapore. She has researched on ageing issues for the past 15 years and has been a consultant at national and international levels. Her research projects have focused on long term care policies, living arrangements of elderly, retirement, widowhood, grand parenting in Asia, cultural aspects of ageing, and suicide. Among her significant publications are books, Untapped Resources: Women in Ageing Societies across Asia, Social Work in Context: A Reader, and journal articles in internationally reputed journals such as Ageing and Society, Journal of Aging and Social Policy, Journal of Cross-cultural Gerontology and Journal of Geriatrics and Gerontology. She is currently a Nominated Member of Parliament in Singapore.
Amarjit Singh is Professor of Education at Memorial University, Newfoundland, Canada, and has been teaching there since 1970. He received his Ph.D. in sociology of education from Michigan State University. His writings have appeared in local, national, and international journals. He is co-author of Ethics, Politics, and International Social Science Research, (1984); Teacher Training: A Reflective Perspective (2001); Classroom Management: A Reflective Perspective (2001); and Reading and Teaching Henry Giroux (2006).


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