Learning to Be Old: Gender, Culture, and Aging / Edition 2

Learning to Be Old: Gender, Culture, and Aging / Edition 2

by Margaret Cruikshank, Margaret CRUIKSHANK
     
 

Cruikshank (women's studies, U. of Maine) describes beliefs, customs, and traditions surrounding aging in America and suggests that awareness of these social constructions can help women resist their negative impact. After critiquing cultural myths, ageism, the politics of aging, and mainstream gerontology, she proposes a feminist "gerastology" in which older women… See more details below

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Cruikshank (women's studies, U. of Maine) describes beliefs, customs, and traditions surrounding aging in America and suggests that awareness of these social constructions can help women resist their negative impact. After critiquing cultural myths, ageism, the politics of aging, and mainstream gerontology, she proposes a feminist "gerastology" in which older women (including minorities and lesbians) interview their peers as part of the research agenda. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742565944
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
01/16/2009
Edition description:
2nd Edition
Pages:
266
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Cultural Myths and Aging9
2The Fear of an Aging Population25
3Sickness and Other Social Roles of the Old35
4Overmedicating Old Americans51
5Healthy Physical Aging69
6The Politics of Healthy Aging93
7Gender, Class, and Ethnicity115
8Ageism135
9Prescribed Busyness and Spirituality159
10Gerastology: A Feminist's View of Gerontology and Women's Aging173
Conclusion: The Paradoxes of Aging203
References207
Index233
About the Author245

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