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Age of Wisdom: Elderly
Black Women in Family
Jane W. Peterson
One historical response of African American peoples has been to establish community-based mechanisms of support that could buffer the shock of long-term discrimination on the individual. Medical anthropologist Jane Peterson draws upon her experience as a professional nurse and explores the participation of older women in both extended family and church-based care systems in an African American community in Seattle, Washington.
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