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Most studies of ageing have been done by the non-aged. To correct this imbalance, Hazan enlisted the resources of an unusual and innovative group of elderly persons in Cambridge, England. Gathering together in a structured curriculum of seminars and discussion groups and calling themselves the University of the Third Age, the elders intellectually reexamine the spectrum of sociocultural and epistemological principles starting with basics. Hazan's careful observation, description and transcription of the words of the Third Agers demonstrates that cognition and discourse go through transformations and permutations as individuals attain the so-called wisdom years. Alone in the literature on ageing, Hazan's contribution lights the way for much new thinking and research on and among our older population.

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Presents some of the new paradigms developed by a group of elderly people in The University of the Third Age in Cambridge, England, who set out to record their experience and perception of aging as though they were an unknown people being investigated by anthropologists. They questions assumptions about learning, anthropology, and language; discuss terms of reference, time, space, and reason; and report on time recaptured, space regained, and reason applied. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897894623
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/30/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 194
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

HAIM HAZAN is Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Tel Aviv University.

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Table of Contents

1 Substance: A Question of Learning 3
2 Analytic Considerations: A Question of Anthropology 16
3 Audibility: A Question of Language 24
4 Terms of Reference: "Taking It from First Principles" 37
5 Time: "We All Were Grandchildren" 52
6 Space: "We Are All White Middle-Class - What the Hell Have We Done About It?" 74
7 Reason: "It's the Annihilation of the World as We Know It" 95
8 Time Recaptured: The Hidden Agenda of Death 111
9 Space Regained: The Control of Images 121
10 Reason Applied: The Void of Autonomy 129
11 Discussion: An Experiment in Ageing 138
Notes 153
Bibliography 161
Index 175
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