Growing Old in El Barrio

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  • Copyright: 2000-07-01
  • Publisher: New York University Press

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What is daily life like for an elderly person whose income barely covers basic needs? How is life constrained if that person is living within the same marginal enclave to which she first migrated decades ago? How does the implementation of national policies and programs affect the daily life of those growing old in Spanish Harlem?InGrowing Old in El Barrio, Judith Freidenberg addresses these questions by examining the life-course and daily experiences of the elderly residents of El Barrio. She interweaves the economy of immigrant neighborhoods with the personal experiences of Latinos aging in Harlem--such as Doņa Emiliana, who lived in Spanish Harlem from her migration in 1948 to her death in 1995. Freidenberg further links policy issues to social issues critical to the daily lives of this population.Combining extensive fieldwork interviews with historical and demographic population data,Growing Old in El Barriopaints an ethnographic picture of aging in Spanish Harlem and illustrates the emergence of New York as a city divided by ethnicity and class.

Author Biography

A native of Argentina, Judith Noemi Freidenberg teaches in the Department of Anthropology, University of Maryland, College Park

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Preface xi
Introduction: Contexts of Immigrant Experience: Aging in Place 1(10)
PART I: Growing Old 11(34)
From New Harlem to El Barrio de Nueva York: A Social History of East Harlem, 1658-1948
``Yo Aprendi de Todo Gracias a la Providencia'' (I Learned to Do Everything Thanks to Providence): Growing Up a Manual Laborer in an Export-Oriented Economy (1902-1948)
PART II: Growing Old in El Barrio 45(54)
``Buscando Ambiente'': Searching for a Better Life in a Barrio in the United States
``El Barrio de Nueva York'': From the 1950s to the 1990s
``Aqui Yo Me Mate Trabajando'' (Here I Killed Myself Working): Work Trajectories and Experiences in the Labor Structure
PART III: Being Old in El Barrio 99(106)
``La Edad Es Segun la Persona'' (Age Depends on the Person): The Meanings of Being Old
``Los Doctores No Pueden Curar Todas las Enfermedades'' (Doctors Cannot Cure All Illnesses): Illness of the Soul and of the Body
``sed Sabe Lo Triste Que Es Eso? No Tener Quien Vele por Uno?'' (Do You Know How Sad That Is? Not Having Someone Watch Out There for You?): Connections and Illness of the Soul
``Estamos Pobres de Dinero Pero Somos Todos Ricos'' (We Are Poor in Money, But We Are All Rich): Coping with Economic Constraints in Daily Life
PART IV: Policy Ethnography of Aging in El Barrio 205(70)
El Barrio: A Metaphor for Social Issues in New York City
``Nadie Sabe Donde Va a Parar El Barrio'' (Nobody Knows Where El Barrio Will End Up): Local-Level Policy-Making
Ethnographic Findings and Policy Recommendations
Notes 275(8)
References 283(12)
Author Index 295(4)
Subject Index 299(11)
About the Author 310

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