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

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

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by Margaret Cruikshank, Margaret CRUIKSHANK
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0742565947

ISBN-13: 9780742565944

Pub. Date: 01/16/2009

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

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

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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

Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction
1: Cultural Myths and Aging
2: Fear of an Aging Population
3: Sickness and Other Social Roles of Old People
4: Overmedicating Old Americans
5: Healthy Physical Aging
6: The Politics of Healthy Aging
7: Gender, Class, Ethnicity and Sexual Orientation
8: Ageism
9: Countercultural Gerontology
10: A Feminist’s View of Gerontology and Women’s Aging
Conclusion: The Paradoxes of Aging
References
About the Author

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