Technogenarians: Studying Health and Illness Through an Ageing, Science, and Technology Lens / Edition 1

Technogenarians: Studying Health and Illness Through an Ageing, Science, and Technology Lens / Edition 1

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by Kelly Joyce, Meika Loe
     
 

Science and technology have become central to the daily experiences of health and illness for older people, from pharmaceuticals to walkers and cell phones. This has resulted in 'technogenarians' − technologically savvy older people. In investigating elders' experiences of health, illness, science, and technology, the authors emphasize the need to put ageing,

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Science and technology have become central to the daily experiences of health and illness for older people, from pharmaceuticals to walkers and cell phones. This has resulted in 'technogenarians' − technologically savvy older people. In investigating elders' experiences of health, illness, science, and technology, the authors emphasize the need to put ageing, science, and technology at the centre of analyses of health and illness.

Technogenarians adds theoretical and empirical depth to our understanding of two concurrent trends: firstly, the biomedical aspects of ageing bodies, minds, and emotions, including the development of anti-ageing or longevity medicine; and secondly, the rise of gerontechnology industries and professions, which largely accept the ageing processes and provide technology to assist the changes brought on by ageing. The book theorizes how and where these two trends overlap and differ in relation to ageism, health, and illness.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781444333800
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/18/2010
Series:
Sociology of Health and Illness Monographs Series, #5
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors.

1 Theorising technogenarians: a sociological approach to ageing, technology and health (Kelly Joyce and Meika Loe).

2 A history of the future: the emergence of contemporary anti-ageing medicine (Courtney Everts Mykytyn).

3 In the vanguard of biomedicine? The curious and contradictory case of anti-ageing medicine (Jennifer R. Fishman, Richard A. Settersten Jr and Michael A. Flatt).

4 Science, medicine and virility surveillance: 'sexy seniors' in the pharmaceutical imagination (Barbara L. Marshall).

5 Time, clinic technologies, and the making of refl exive longevity: the cultural work of time left in an ageing society (Sharon R. Kaufman).

6 Aesthetic anti-ageing surgery and technology: women's friend or foe? (Abigail T. Brooks).

7 ‘A second youth’: pursuing happiness and respectability through cosmetic surgery in Finland (Taina Kinnunen).

8 Ageing in place and technologies of place: the lived experience of people with dementia in changing social, physical and technological environments (Katherine Brittain, Lynne Corner, Louise Robinson and John Bond).

9 Liberating the wanderers: using technology to unlock doors for those living with dementia (Johanna M. Wigg).

10 Output that counts: pedometers, sociability and the contested terrain of older adult fitness walking (Denise A. Copelton).

11 Doing it my way: old women, technology and wellbeing (Meika Loe).

12 'But obviously not for me': robots, laboratories and the defi ant identity of elder test users (Louis Neven).

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