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Aging and Everyday Life presents a balanced and realistic view of the aging experience. The research in this book reveals that much, if not most, of the triumphs and trials experienced in later years are not unlike those confronted at other points in life. Just like younger people, the elderly experience both change and stability, shedding old roles and entering new ones. The process takes place in varied spheres of life: the worlds of home and family, work, and friendship.

This thoughtful, engaging text brings together twenty-eight essays by leading researchers in social gerontology to explore the everyday aspects of aging. Readers will come away viewing the elderly as people whose lives are as complex and diverse, and therefore as nuanced as any.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Teachers wanting a more comprehensive edited volume, offeringsuperb critical, qualitative readings that correspond with many ofthe rubrics central to textbook chapters, will warmly welcomeGubrium and Holstein's Aging and Everyday Life." (TeachingSociology, 1 October 2010)

"This comprehensive Reader brings together an impressive groupof the foremost scholars on aging. Gubrium and Holstein'sdistinctive constructionist approach to everyday life presents anarray of classic and contemporary readings, providing profoundinsights into what it means to be older in contemporary society."Sara Arber, University of Surrey

"Gubrium and Holstein have contributed many advances to ourunderstanding of age and aging over the past several decades. Forthis volume they have assembled an impressive and accessiblecollection of essays that should be required reading for anyintroduction to gerontology class." Vern L. Bengtson, Universityof Southern California

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631217084
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/18/2000
  • Series: Wiley Blackwell Readers in Sociology Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 500
  • Sales rank: 1,161,716
  • Product dimensions: 6.75 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jaber F. Gubrium is Professor of Sociology at the Universityof Florida. He is editor of the Journal of Aging Studies and theauthor or editor of twenty books, including Oldtimers andAlzheimer's (1986), Speaking of Life (1993), andLiving and Dying at Murray Manor (1997).

James A. Holstein is Professor of Sociology at MarquetteUniversity. He is the author or editor of numerous books, includingCourt-Ordered Insanity (1993), Reconsidering SocialConstructionism (1993), and Social Problems in EverydayLife (1997). He also is co-editor of the research annualPerspectives on Social Problems.

The editors have previously collaborated on What isFamily? (1990), The Active Interview (1995), The NewLanguage of Qualitative Method (1997), Constructing the LifeCourse (2000), and The Self We Live By (2000).

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors.



Part I: Conceptualizing the Aging Experience:.

1. The Cultural Trap: The Language of Images: Haim Hazan (TelAviv University).

2. The Personal Trap: The Language of Self-Presentation: HaimHazim (Tel Aviv University, Israel).

3. Further Thoughts on the Theory of Disengagement: ElaineCumming (retired, formerly at the State University of New York,Albany).

4. A Current Theoretical Issue in Social Gerontology: Arnold M.Rose (deceased, formerly of the University of Minnesota).

5. A Continuity Theory of Normal Aging: Robert C. Atchley(retired, formerly at Columbia University).

Part II: Aging and Identity:.

6. A Decade of Reminders: Changing Age Consciousness BetweenFifty and Sixty Years Old: David A. Karp (Boston College).

7. Identity Foreclosure: Women's Experiences of Widowhood asExpressed in Autobiographical Accounts: Deborah Kestin Van DenHoonard (St. Thomas University, Canada).

8. The Ageless Self: Sharon R. Kaufman (University ofCalifornia, San Francisco).

Part III: Work and Retirement:.

9. Retirement as a Social Role: Robert C. Atchley (retired,formerly at Miami University, Ohio).

10. The Unbearable Lightness of Retirement: Joel Savishinsky(Ithaca College, New York).

11. "One of Your Better Low-Class Hotels": Joyce Stephens (StateUniversity of New York at Fredonia).

"Making It": Joyce Stephens (State University of New York atFredonia).

Part IV: Interpersonal Relationships:.

13. Friendship Styles: Sarah H. Matthews (Cleveland StateUniversity).

14. The Significance of Work Friends in Late Life: Doris Francis(formerly at the New School for Social Research, New York).

15. Filial Obligations and Kin Support for Elderly People: JanetFinch (University of Keele, UK) and Jennifer Mason (University ofLeeds, UK).

Part V: Living Arrangements:.

16. Parental Dependence and Filial Responsibility in theNineteenth Century: Hial Hawley and Emily Hawley Gillespie,1884-1885: Emily K. Abel (University of California, LosAngeles).

17. An Old Age Community: Arlie Russell Hochschild (Universityof California, Berkeley).

18. Resisting Institutionalization: Constructing Old Age andNegotiating Home: Pia C. Kontos (University of Toronto).

Part VI: The Aging Body:.

19. Managing Aging in Young Adulthood: The 'Aging' Table Dancer:Carol Rambo Ronai (University of Memphis).

20. Narratives of the Gendered Body in Popular Autobiography: MaryM. Gergen (Pennsylvania State University) and Kenneth J. Gergen(Swarthmore College).

21. Stigmatizing a 'Normal' Condition: Urinary Incontinence inLate Life: Linda S. Mitteness (University of California, SanFrancisco) and Judith C. Barker (University of California, SanFrancisco).

Part VII: The Aging Mind: .

22. Geriatric Ideology: The Myth of the Myth of Senility: JamesS. Goodwin (University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston).

23. Bringing the Social Back in: A Critique of theBiomedicalization of Dementia: Karen A. Lyman (Chaffey College,California).

24. The Mask of Dementia: Images of 'Demented Residents' in aNursing Ward: Hava Golander (Tel Aviv University) and Aviad E. Raz(Tel Aviv University).

Part VIII: Caring and Caregiving:.

25. The Dependent Elderly, Home Health Care, and Strategies ofHousehold Adaptation: Steven M. Albert (Columbia University).

26. The Unencumbered Child: Family Reputations and Responsibilitiesin the Care of Relatives with Alzheimer's Disease: Judith Globerman(University of Toronto).

27. Nursing Homes as Trouble: Timothy Diamond (California StateUniversity, Los Angeles).

Part IX: Death and Bereavement:.

28. A Death in Due Time: Conviction, Order, and Continuity inRitual Drama: Barbara Myerhoff (deceased, previously at theUniversity of Southern California).

29. Death in Very Old Age: A Personal Journey of Caregiving:Betty Risteen Hasselkus (University of Wisconsin).

30. The Social Context of Grief Among Adult Daughters Who HaveLost a Parent: Jennifer Klapper, Sidney Moss, Miriam Moss (allPhiladelphia Geriatric Center), and Robert L. Rubinstein(University of Maryland, Baltimore).


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