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Featuring new research and analysis, the third edition of Learning to be Old demonstrates, more thoroughly than the previous editions, that aging is socially constructed. Among texts on aging the book is unique in its clear focus on the differences in aging for women and men, as well as for people in different socioeconomic groups. Cruikshank is able to put aging in a broad context that not only focuses on how aging affects women but men, as well. Key updates in the third edition include changes in the health care system, changes in how long older Americans are working especially given the impact of the recession, and new material on the brain and mind-body interconnections. Cruikshank impressively challenges conventional ideas about aging in this third edition of Learning to be Old. This will be a must-read for everyone interested in new ideas surrounding aging in America today.
Exciting and important . . . this pioneering work addresses an area that is desperately in need of critical analysis.
Praise from a previous edition: A valuable book on aging. Scholarly and well-documented.
Praise from a previous edition: Compressing a significant amount of important information on issues of race, gender, social class, economics, and ethnicity, Cruikshank has created a readable book on the general theme of gerontology. The current research, theories, and practices outlined by Cruikshank will give readers of all ages insights into 'learning to be old.' An extensive bibliography is provided for further study. Essential.
|1||Cultural Myths and Aging||9|
|2||The Fear of an Aging Population||25|
|3||Sickness and Other Social Roles of the Old||35|
|4||Overmedicating Old Americans||51|
|5||Healthy Physical Aging||69|
|6||The Politics of Healthy Aging||93|
|7||Gender, Class, and Ethnicity||115|
|9||Prescribed Busyness and Spirituality||159|
|10||Gerastology: A Feminist's View of Gerontology and Women's Aging||173|
|Conclusion: The Paradoxes of Aging||203|
|About the Author||245|
Posted August 22, 2012
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