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Spirituality: a means for achieving integration in personal and community spheres in an ageing Singapore

Kalyani K. Mehta

in Valuing older people

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9781847422927
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304173 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847422927.003.0003
Spirituality: a means for achieving integration in personal and community spheres in an ageing Singapore

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Singapore is a natural laboratory for researchers who wish to study cross-cultural and cross-religious social dynamics because of its multicultural, multilingual, and multi-religious population. In Singapore, the journey to study aspects of ageing inevitably leads one to examine the experiences of older people in the three major ethnic groups: the Chinese, Malay, and Indian communities. In the Chinese culture, cultural scripts regarding old age emphasised propriety of behaviour, especially in relation to interpersonal relationships. The Malay culture, on the other hand, stresses old age as a time to reflect on one's past life and achieve progress in religious knowledge. In the Indian context, the four stages of the life cycle (asramas) according to Hindu philosophy had a salient bearing on the experience of old age. This chapter focuses on the theme of spirituality as it weaves into the personal and community spheres of integration of Singaporean older people.

Keywords: Singapore; ageing; Chinese; Malay; Indian; old age; spirituality

Chapter.  5384 words. 

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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