Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1300/J194v03n04_02
Title: "A message on life to the young"-Perceiving a senior volunteer activity in Japan from an intergenerational perspective
Authors: Thang, L.L. 
Keywords: Cross-cultural programs
Ethnographic case study
Intergenerational volunteers
Observational research
Issue Date: 13-Jan-2006
Source: Thang, L.L. (2006-01-13). "A message on life to the young"-Perceiving a senior volunteer activity in Japan from an intergenerational perspective. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships 3 (4) : 7-22. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1300/J194v03n04_02
Abstract: Intergenerational programming has gained more recognition in Japan in the last decade or so, as research and reports on the status and case studies of intergenerational programs become available since mid-1990s. This paper examines the case study of a volunteer narrative group called G-117 formed primarily by seniors who are survivors of the 1995 Hanshin-Awaji earthquake as an example of an emerging intergenerational program. The research was carried out mainly during fieldwork among senior volunteer groups in Kobe from late 2001 to early 2002, primarily through qualitative approaches of interviews and participant observation. I propose that besides observational research, a more in-depth engagement through ethnographic case study, although much less common in intergenerational program research, is also important in providing rich, contextualized understanding of the development of an intergenerational program, particularly in a cross-cultural setting. © 2005 by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Journal of Intergenerational Relationships
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/129400
ISSN: 15350770
DOI: 10.1300/J194v03n04_02
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