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The state, the voluntary sector and new developments in provision for the old of minority racial groups
Author(s)Kenneth Blakemore
Journal titleAgeing and Society, vol 5, part 2, June 1985
Pagespp 175-190
KeywordsServices ; Ethnic groups.
AnnotationIn many urban communities the fastest growing groups of old people are those from the various minority racial and ethnic groups. This paper reviews the progress of a range of the new services, clubs and social centres which have been recently developed to meet the needs of the minorities. The services are examined in terms of their objectives, degree of specialisation and adequacy of resources. As most of these projects have been initiated by voluntary groups and have experienced difficult development problems, the implications of this pattern of growth are assessed. In particular, reasons for the lack of sustained support from government and statutory organisations are discussed. Racial disadvantage affects all the minority groups though different ethnic groups appear to be developing different strategies for the care of the old. However, prospects for either fully developed alternative services for the minorities or for multicultural services appear to be bleak in the forseeable future. (KJ).
Accession NumberCPA-930818042 A
ClassmarkI: TK

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