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Discourse of Folk Literature on Healthy Ageing: A Case Study in Sindh, Pakistan during the Pandemic Crisis

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Asia-Europe Institute, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur 50603, Malaysia
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Institute of English Language and Literature, University of Sindh, Jamshoro 76060, Pakistan
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Academic Editors: Kalyani Kirtikar Mehta and Leng Leng Thang
Soc. Sci. 2021, 10(9), 350; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci10090350
Received: 9 August 2021 / Revised: 10 September 2021 / Accepted: 15 September 2021 / Published: 20 September 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Asian Perspectives on Active Aging: Meaning, Purpose and Hope)
Due to COVID-19 and the repeated imposition of lockdowns in Pakistan’s Sindh province, the life of senior citizens has become challenging. Given the scarcity of health care policies targeted at Sindh’s aged persons, the use of folk literature as therapy has increased to support against isolation, depression, and distress caused by COVID-19 and lockdowns. Although research on healthy ageing from medical and health care perspectives has been increasingly conducted in different contexts, there is a need to explore how folk literature can contribute to psychological, spiritual, and social wellbeing. Therefore, this research, conducted by collecting data from 15 aged participants through interviews and conversations, seeks to explore how senior Sindhis have used folk literature such as poetry, proverbs, and tales as therapy for their healing. Findings show that the participants’ use of Sindhi folk literature contributes to their psychological (eudemonic, evaluative, and hedonic) wellbeing, spiritual healing, and social satisfaction. View Full-Text
Keywords: ageing; health; folk literature; proverbs; Sindhis ageing; health; folk literature; proverbs; Sindhis
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David, M.K.; Ali, A. Discourse of Folk Literature on Healthy Ageing: A Case Study in Sindh, Pakistan during the Pandemic Crisis. Soc. Sci. 2021, 10, 350. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci10090350

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David MK, Ali A. Discourse of Folk Literature on Healthy Ageing: A Case Study in Sindh, Pakistan during the Pandemic Crisis. Social Sciences. 2021; 10(9):350. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci10090350

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David, Maya K., and Ameer Ali. 2021. "Discourse of Folk Literature on Healthy Ageing: A Case Study in Sindh, Pakistan during the Pandemic Crisis" Social Sciences 10, no. 9: 350. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci10090350

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