Indonesia against the trend? Ageing and inter-generational wealth flows in two Indonesian communities

Kreager, Philip and Schröder-Butterfill, Elisabeth (2008) Indonesia against the trend? Ageing and inter-generational wealth flows in two Indonesian communities. Demographic Research, 19, (52), 1781-1810. (doi:10.4054/DemRes.2008.19.52).


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Indonesian family systems do not conform to the prevailing image of Asian families, the predominant arrangements being nuclear and bilateral, with an important matrilineal minority. This paper considers the strength of family ties in two communities, focussing particularly on inter-generational flows of support to and from older members. Data are drawn from a longitudinal anthropological demography that combines ethnographic and panel survey methods. Several sources of variation in family ties are detailed, particularly the heterogeneity of support flows - balanced, upward, and downward - that co-exist in both communities. Different norms in each locale give sharply contrasting valuations of these flows. The ability of families to observe norms is influenced by the effectiveness of networks and by socio-economic status.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.4054/DemRes.2008.19.52
ISSNs: 1435-9871 (print)
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Keywords: aging, anthropological demography, family ties, indonesia, networks, socio-economic stratification, wealth flows
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Sociology and Social Policy
ePrint ID: 151729
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
October 2008Published
Date Deposited: 12 May 2010 10:29
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:23

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