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Ageing and intergenerational relationsFamily reciprocity from a global perspective$
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Misa Izuhara

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781847422057

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847422057.001.0001

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Spiritual debts and gendered costs

Spiritual debts and gendered costs

(p.111) Seven Spiritual debts and gendered costs
Ageing and intergenerational relations

Pascale F. Engelmajer

Misa Izuhara

Policy Press

This chapter examines religious dimensions of intergenerational debts and obligations. It explores in particular how the religiously defined debts that children owe impact on the lives of women in Thailand. It examines the motivations and outcomes of female migration to urban areas in this context. It observes that in many societies, intergenerational relations include not only material and moral support but also a spiritual and religious dimension and they carry high currency in some cultures. It notes that parents and grandparents are responsible for transmitting faith and religion, and in return children carry out the beliefs and practices of their ancestors.

Keywords:   religious dimensions, intergenerational debts, women, Thailand, female migration, urban areas, intergenerational relations, moral support, grandparents, faith

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