Ways of Aging / Edition 1

Ways of Aging / Edition 1

by Jaber F. Gubrium
     
 

Ways of Aging is an engaging collection of ten original essays on the experience of aging. Written and edited by social gerontologists, and focusing on everyday life, these essays draw from original case studies to feature diverse ways of growing and being older. Through in-depth interviews and first-person accounts, each essay gives a voice to the elderly,

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Ways of Aging is an engaging collection of ten original essays on the experience of aging. Written and edited by social gerontologists, and focusing on everyday life, these essays draw from original case studies to feature diverse ways of growing and being older. Through in-depth interviews and first-person accounts, each essay gives a voice to the elderly, stressing the distinct and assorted identities that people develop as they grow older under different circumstances.

In straightforward and compelling prose, the authors feature the varied experiences of widows, African Americans, Native Americans, nursing home residents, gay and lesbian elders, and others. The essays provide vivid illustrations of both the complex differences of the aging experience and the surprising commonalities. The theme of a diverse, multifaceted aging experience links the various presentations.

Countering familiar stereotypes, Ways of Aging offers a unique perspective on the different pathways that may be taken through the later years.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631230588
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/23/2002
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Jaber F. Gubrium is Professor and Chair of Sociology at the University of Missouri, Columbia. He is editor of the Journal of Aging Studies and the author or editor of 20 books, including Oldtimers and Alzheimer’s (1986), Speaking of Life (1993), and Living and Dying at Murray Manor (1997).

James A. Holstein is Professor of Sociology at Marquette University and the editor of Social Problems. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Court-Ordered Insanity (1993), Dispute Domains and Welfare Claims Reconsidering Social Constructionism (1993), and Social Problems in Everyday Life (1997).

The editors have previously collaborated on What is Family? (1990), Constructing the Life Course (1994), The Active Interview (1995), The New Language of Qualitative Method (1997), The Self We Live By (1999), and Aging and Everyday Life (Blackwell, 2000).

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Table of Contents

Contributors
Introduction1
Beyond Stereotypes3
Pt. IPersistence11
1Narratives of Forgiveness in Old Age13
2Elderhood in Contemporary Lakota Society36
3Claiming Identity in a Nursing Home58
Pt. IIAdaptation75
4Three Childless Men's Pathways into Old Age77
5Constructing Community from Troubles96
6Family Lives of Aging Black Americans111
Pt. IIIChange133
7Aging and Change in a Religious Community135
8Identity Careers of Older Gay Men and Lesbians160
9Expectations and Experiences of Widowhood182
Epilogue201
10Positive Aging203
Index225

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