Cultural Gerontology

Cultural Gerontology

Cultural Gerontology

Cultural Gerontology

Synopsis

The chapters in this anthology examine, among other things, the growth of gerontology as a discipline, the phenomenon of ageism as a socio-cultural concept, identity politics in which older persons are perceived as belonging to a separate culture or subculture, and images of the older body in cultural perspective.

Excerpt

During the past decades, the issue of culture has gained considerable attention within the humanities and social sciences, in general, as well as in the field of gerontology. Gerontology is a multidisciplinary science used to adopting new perspectives. The new perspectives certainly widen the scope of gerontology, but they diversify in different directions and can run the risk of being trivialized. Many disparate academic, political, and social issues fall under the overall umbrella of “cultural gerontology, ” making clear the need for a volume in which these issues are discussed.

The chapters cover a range of orientations from technical-instrumental to interpretive and emancipatory. The contributors examine the growth of gerontology as a discipline within an academic culture, the development of the concept of “ageism” as a sociocultural concept, identity politics in which older persons are perceived as belonging to a separate culture or subculture, and images of the older body in cultural perspec-

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