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Coping with ageing and managing identity

The growing interest in theory and research in the field of ageing and the aged in Canada and the United States has not been matched by a parallel interest in the meaning and consequences of ageing among members of the ethnic minorities. The publication of the monograph Ethnicity and Aging (Gelfand and Kutzik 1979) has played a vital role not only in alerting social gerontologists to the importance of the historical, cultural and subcultural dimensions of the ageing process, but also in evaluating the extent to which existing theories of ageing are applicable to minority elderly persons.