A Study of the Meaning of the Elderly's Life in the Super-Aged Rural Community

초고령 농촌사회 노인의 삶의 의미 탐색 - 전북 임실군 금동마을 이야기 -

  • Received : 2009.07.18
  • Accepted : 2009.09.22
  • Published : 2009.11.30

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to understand the origin of the super-aged rural community and the meaning of the elderly's life in such a unique society by looking into the elderly's life from the past to the present to the future. For the study in-depth interviews have been done with 16 old people living in Geumdong village, Imshil-gun of Jeonbuk Province, one of the most aged communities of Korea. By analyzing their statements, 4 themes have been found from 11 meanings of statements on the past life, which is characterized by their fight against bonds of extreme poverty and misfortune. On the present life, which is characterized by their bare existence in senility and their endless sacrifice for the children as they are never free from the physical pains accompanying the ageing and the concern about their children, 5 themes have been found from 14 meanings of statements. About the future life, which is characterized by their calm acceptance of the fate of their later life and their village which they think will disappear after they die, 3 themes have been found from 7 meanings of statements.

Keywords

super-aged;rural community;elderly;life

Acknowledgement

Supported by : 한국학술진흥재단