The Living Spirit Of The Crone

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Sally Thomason's research and reflection on aging disclose the scientific and medical oversights and cultural biases that inform our attitudes toward aging. Based on the personal experiences and stories of dozens of women interviewed, Thomason proposes strong, new, holistic perspectives that can overcome our cultural misconceptions and animate personal, medical, and religious work by and with the aging.
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Overview

Sally Thomason's research and reflection on aging disclose the scientific and medical oversights and cultural biases that inform our attitudes toward aging. Based on the personal experiences and stories of dozens of women interviewed, Thomason proposes strong, new, holistic perspectives that can overcome our cultural misconceptions and animate personal, medical, and religious work by and with the aging.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800637996
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/1/2006
  • Series: Theology and the Sciences Series
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 The Starting Point 1
Stepping into Old Age 2
Learning Aging 3
Becoming Aware of Our Assumptions 5
The Beginner's Mind 8
Re-membering the Body, Mind, and Spirit 10
Nora's Story 11
An Individual Matter 18
My Story 18
Part 1 Aging the Old Way
2 The Cultural Context 28
The Demographic Revolution 28
The Individual's Response 36
Aging: A Developmental Stage? 37
3 Beyond Patriarchy 42
Confronting Patriarchy 45
Etymologies 50
Judy's Story 54
Amanda's Story 57
The Challenge of the Crone 60
4 The Scientific Paradigm 61
The Establishment of Medical Authority 65
The Worried Well 70
The Scientific Definition of Aging 72
A Look at Aging from the Inside Out 77
Suzy's Story 77
Part 2 Aging the New Way
5 The Threshold 83
Evolving Knowledge 85
The Placebo Effect 92
A New Era in Medicine 93
A New View of Old Age 94
6 Insights for Aging 98
Gifts from Carl Jung 99
Demeter and Persephone 104
Connecting with the Unconscious 108
Elder Tales 110
Letting Go 114
A Personal Reflection 118
7 Aging from the Inside Out 120
The New Meaning of Aging 120
The New Story of Aging 123
A New (and Very Old) Practice of Aging 127
Notes 131
Selected Bibliography 142
Index 151
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