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While the Italians are greatly underrepresented in these modern, high status occupations, they, as well as the Polish elderly, are heavily engaged in modern, lower status, blue collar jobs such as machining, construction, processing, and service occupations. The Italians cluster in the large urban areas of Toronto and Montreal. It is clear from our discussion so far that occupations are linked with regions. The Jews and Italians are heavily located in the larger urban centres where the Jews can conduct their business and the Italians can perform blue collar services in machining, construction, and processing (Reitz 1982).

Cowgill (1974) himself has responded to criticisms of modernization theory with four modifications: (1) the work ethic may be softening, so that not working in old age is less of a disgrace; (2) after a society reaches a certain stage of affluence, it is willing to provide for nonproductive citizens; (3) when illiteracy disappears, the aged handicap also lessens; and (4) selfawareness among the elderly may grow within modernization and result in Perspectives on Aging and Ethnicity 25 the elderly applying political pressure to attain their rights.

While the blacks might have wished to assimilate, they were not allowed to; and the Jews did not want to assimilate, because of the distinctive religion that was important to them. Voluntary and involuntary forms of pluralism are well illustrated in New York. Over time these various ethnic groups may change, but they do not disappear into the larger society. , generational differences). A third form of modification of the polar assimilation and pluralism perspective is represented in conflict theory.

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