Nostalgia of values: Popular depictions of care crisis towards ageing parents in India

Dey, Deblina (2015) Nostalgia of values: Popular depictions of care crisis towards ageing parents in India. Journal of Human Values, 22 (1). pp. 26-38. ISSN 0971-6858

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Popular depictions of values around care for the elderly in the media generate nostalgia for a valuerich past, in which caring practices were considered a family affair. The physical absence of family members for providing care is portrayed as a pathological symptom of contemporary society. The study, through analysis of cinematic representations, explains the cultural need for the nostalgia of virtuous intergenerational relations. Such nostalgia instils a need to reaffirm values yet at the same time in the shadows of the nostalgic trope in films, possibilities for a new value system and alternate forms of care can be gauged. These possibilities would eventually bridge the dichotomy between ‘traditional’ and ‘modern’ values related to ageing parents. The relevance of such a ‘nostalgic gaze’ becomes important in the context of rising elderly abuse. Society reflexively evaluates the situation of value transformation. Through the nostalgia, used in this study as an analytical tool, new definitions and practices of care, new kinds of socialities and relations are seen to emerge. In this scenario, the substance of values asserts itself in a malleable form awaiting constant, rapid modification in present times

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Old Age | value system | Care of Elderly
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Social Sciences (General)
Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Health (Social sciences)
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Global Law School
Depositing User: Arjun Dinesh
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2022 05:17
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2022 05:17
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