Voices and Visions of Aging: Toward a Critical Gerontology

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A critical gerontology requires more than a simple elaboration of existing humanistic scholarship on aging. This exceptional new work introduces a basis for genuine dialogue across humanistic, scientific, and professional disciplines. Among the topics addressed are industrial employment, retirement, life styles of older women, and biological research. From philosophical reflections on the "third age" to critical perspectives on institutional adaptations to an aging society, this book presents a wide range of ...

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Overview

A critical gerontology requires more than a simple elaboration of existing humanistic scholarship on aging. This exceptional new work introduces a basis for genuine dialogue across humanistic, scientific, and professional disciplines. Among the topics addressed are industrial employment, retirement, life styles of older women, and biological research. From philosophical reflections on the "third age" to critical perspectives on institutional adaptations to an aging society, this book presents a wide range of provocative thought.

Theories, epistemology and methods in gerontology/humanistic gerontology/political gerontology/ideology critique.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826180209
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/15/1992
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 372
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Kastenbaum, PhD, left a promising career as a skating messenger to enter University of Southern California on a fellowship in philosophy. He emerged as a clinical psychologist, and later served as director of a geriatric hospital before taking up his current responsibilities as professor of communication at Arizona State University. Along the way, he founded International Journal of Aging and Human Development, and Omega: Journal of Death and Dying. He is a past president of the American Association of Suicidology and past chair of the Section on Behavioral and Social Sciences of the Gerontological Society of America. Kastenbaum scripted the National Public Radio series: "Essays for the Ear: Youth's the Tune, Age the Song." He was a co-editor of Handbook of the Humanities and Aging (Springer Publishing Company, 1992), companion volume to the present book.

Thomas R. Cole, PhD, is Professor and Graduate Program Director at the Institute for the Medical Humanities, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston. He is a past Chair of the Humanities and Arts Committee of the Gerontological Society and serves on various editorial boards. Senior editor of What Does It Mean to Grow Old? Reflections from the Humanities (1986) and of Handbook of the Humanities and Aging (Springer Publishing Company, 1992), he is also author of The Journey of Life: A Cultural History of Aging in America (Cambridge, 1992). He is now completing No Color is My Kind: The Life Story of Eldrewey Stearns, Texas Integration Leader (University of Texas Press), and The Oxford Book of Aging, to be published in 1994.

W. Andrew Achenbaum, PhD, is Deputy Director of the Institute for Gerontology and Professor in the Department of History at the University of Michigan. His books include Old Age in the New Land (Johns Hopkins, 1978), Shades of Gray (Little Brown, 1983), and Social Security: Visions and Revisions (Cambridge, 1986). He is completing a book on the history of gerontology.

Patricia L. Jakobi, PhD, is Administrative Director of the Center on Aging at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, and Assistant Editor, Journal of Aging and Health. A recent graduate from UTMB's Institute for Medical Humanities, her major research interests focus on federal-care policies and programs for poor and dependent populations.

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Table of Contents

  1. Preface, Thomas R. Cole
    Contributors
    Overview: What is Critical Gerontology and Why Is It Important?, Harry R. Moody
    Part I: Theory/Epistemology/Method
  2. Critical Perspectives on Retirement, Robert C. Atchley
  3. Aging as Explanation: How Scientific Measurement Can Advance Critical Gerontology, Fred L. Bookstein and W. Andrew Achenbaum
  4. Voice and Context in a New Gerontology, Jaber F. Gubrium
  5. Evolutionary Gerontology and Critical Gerontology: Let's Just Be Friends, Michael R. Rose
  6. Criticism between Literature and Gerontology, Steven Weiland

  7. Part II: Humanistic Gerontology
  8. Aging, Morale, and Meaning: The Nexus of Narrative, Bertram J. Cohler
  9. Rethinking Industrialization: Old Age and the Family Economy, Brian Gratton and Carole Haber
  10. Encrusted Elders: Arizona and the Political Spirit of Postmodern Aging, Robert Kastenbaum
  11. Arrested Aging: The Power of the Past to Make Us Aged and Old, Laurence B. McCullough
  12. Scenes from Primary Care: A Dream in Two Acts, William, F. Monroe in collaboration with Tomas R. Cole
  13. Free to Die: Afterthoughts on Primary Care, Ronald A. Carson

  14. Part III: Political Gerontology/Ideology Critique
  15. Toward a Philosophy of the Third Age, Charles J. Fahey and Martha Holstein
  16. Definitional Ceremonies: Depoliticizing and Reenchanting the Culture of Age, Marc Kaminsky
  17. Justice and Mother Love: Toward a Critical Theory of Justice Between Old and Young, Nancy S. Jecker
  18. The Lives of Older Women: Perspectives from Political Economy and the Humanities, Beverly Ovrebo and Meredith Minkler

  19. Acknowledgments
    Index
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