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Population ageing from a lifecourse perspectiveCritical and international approaches$
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Kathrin Komp and Stina Johansson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447310716

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447310716.001.0001

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Ethnicity in ageing America

Ethnicity in ageing America

a tale of cultures and lifecourse

(p.107) Seven Ethnicity in ageing America
Population ageing from a lifecourse perspective

Takashi Yamashita

Timothy S. Melnyk

Jennifer R. Keene

Shannon M. Monnat

Anna C. Smedley

Policy Press

Ethnic groups have common ancestry and they share a distinctive culture. Because of the common ancestry, members of ethnic groups often have similar physical features. In countries with strong migrant communities, such as the United States, ethnicity sometimes is the basis of discrimination. Consequently, the opportunities individuals encounter during their lives can vary across ethnicities. Moreover, because of the distinctive culture, members of ethnic groups have similar preferences and outlooks on live, which can lead to similar live-courses. In the United States, especially ethnicity-related differences in childbearing are discussed, because the higher birth rates of Blacks and Hispanics help to slow down the process of population ageing. This chapter uses evidence from the United States to exemplify live-course differences across ethnic groups.

Keywords:   ethnicity, United States, race, social inequalities, health, work

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