Old Souls: Aged Women, Poverty, and the Experience of God / Edition 1

Old Souls: Aged Women, Poverty, and the Experience of God / Edition 1

by Robert A. Rubinstein, Helen Black
     
 

ISBN-10: 0202306348

ISBN-13: 9780202306346

Pub. Date: 12/31/2000

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

This volume presents an intimate and compassionate portrait of elderly black and white women who speak, in their own voices, of the domestic and social abuses that led to their financial and emotional impoverishment, and of the transcendent effect of their relationship with God. Drawn from extensive qualitative interviews over a four-year period, the stories reveal

Overview

This volume presents an intimate and compassionate portrait of elderly black and white women who speak, in their own voices, of the domestic and social abuses that led to their financial and emotional impoverishment, and of the transcendent effect of their relationship with God. Drawn from extensive qualitative interviews over a four-year period, the stories reveal women not impoverished by poverty, but amazingly resilient and resourceful in confronting adversity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780202306346
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
12/31/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
243
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Introduction and Theoretical Description
1(18)
Methods
3(3)
Issues of Narrative
6(1)
Issues of Class, Gender, and Race
7(2)
The Experience of God
9(1)
Background
10(2)
Explanation of Further Chapters
12(7)
Subjective and Objective Poverty
19(28)
Summary
45(2)
Expectations
47(26)
Expectations Shaped by the Legacy of Family
47(10)
Expectations Shaped by Gender
57(3)
Expectations Shaped by Social Class
60(2)
Expectations Shaped by Perceived Limitations
62(2)
Accomplishments in Light of Expectations
64(6)
Summary
70(3)
Self-Presentation
73(24)
The Life Story
74(9)
Themes
83(3)
The Theme of Independence
86(3)
Temporal Focus of Presentation
89(7)
Summary
96(1)
Strategies and Techniques of Coping with Poverty
97(24)
Generativity Used as a Coping Strategy
97(10)
Spirituality Used as a Coping Strategy
107(6)
Accomplishments Used as a Coping Strategy
113(5)
Summary
118(3)
Class and Self-Concept
121(30)
Perception of Privilege
122(9)
Perception of Poverty
131(4)
Class Awareness
135(4)
Social Forces
139(5)
The Interview
144(4)
Summary
148(3)
Thoughts of the Future
151(34)
Issues of Spirituality
155(6)
The Afterlife
161(5)
Paranormal Experiences
166(5)
Issues of Dying and Death
171(5)
Expectations for Future Generations
176(7)
Summary
183(2)
Poverty as a Moral Issue
185(24)
Summary
206(3)
The Value of Retrospection
209(24)
Self as Package
215(6)
Characters in the Story
221(7)
Metaphors
228(4)
Summary
232(1)
Conclusion
233(4)
Subjective and Objective Poverty
234(1)
Future Research
235(2)
References 237(4)
Index 241

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