Cultural Gerontology

Overview

The concept of culture has gained considerable attention within the humanities and social sciences in general, and this is certainly true in the field of gerontology. The new perspectives thus gained widen the scope of gerontology. In this study, chapter authors examine 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 subculture, and images of the older body ...

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Overview

The concept of culture has gained considerable attention within the humanities and social sciences in general, and this is certainly true in the field of gerontology. The new perspectives thus gained widen the scope of gerontology. In this study, chapter authors examine 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 subculture, and images of the older body in cultural perspective.

The manner in which gerontology emerged as a discipline was embedded in culturally defined views of aging that had consequences for how it was seen to vary between cultures. One consequence was a perception of ageism as a cultural construction. Since the 1980s, much of the politics of older people is a form of identity politics in which groups are mobilized to further their interests. Questions of cultural meanings ascribed to the gendered aging body is a central question for ageism, social identity, and self-image. These questions become especially relevant in confrontations with bodily decline and negotiations of intimacy in institutions for older people.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865693272
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/30/2002
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.98 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

LARS ANDERSSON is Research Director, Stockholm Gerontology Research Center, and Associate Professor of Gerontology at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Time to Pay Back? Is There Something for Psychology and Sociology in Gerontology? 1
2 Utilization Patterns of Gerontology and the Dynamics of Knowledge Production 13
3 On the Possibilities of Spirituality and Religious Humanism in Gerontology or Reflections of One Aging American Cultural Historian 25
4 Ageism and Globalization: Citizenship and Social Rights in Transnational Settings 45
5 Positioning Gerontology in an Ageist World 59
6 Involvement in Social Organizations in Later Life: Variations by Gender and Class 77
7 The Secret World of Subcultural Aging: What Unites and What Divides? 95
8 Political Mobilization and Political Identity among Swedish Pensioners 1938-1945 111
9 The Making of Older Immigrants in Sweden: Identification, Categorization, and Discrimination 129
10 Women Aging and Body Talk 139
11 Body Memories of Aging Women 161
12 The Bodywork of Care 173
13 Going Concerns and Their Bodies 191
14 Dis-Membered Bodies - Re-Membered Selves: The Discourse of the Institutionalized Old 207
Index 221
About the Contributors 229
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