Spiritual debts and gendered costs

Pascale F. Engelmajer and Misa Izuhara

in Ageing and intergenerational relations

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9781847422057
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301424 | DOI:
Spiritual debts and gendered costs

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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

Chapter.  8540 words. 

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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