Welcome to Middle Age!: (and Other Cultural Fictions)

Welcome to Middle Age!: (and Other Cultural Fictions)

by Richard A. Shweder
     
 

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Many of us believe we recognize the symptoms of middle age: lower back pain, mortgages, and an aversion to loud late-night activities. This particular construction of midlife, most often rendered in chronological, biological, and medical terms, has become an accepted reality to European-Americans and has recently spread to such non-Western capitals as Tokyo and

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Many of us believe we recognize the symptoms of middle age: lower back pain, mortgages, and an aversion to loud late-night activities. This particular construction of midlife, most often rendered in chronological, biological, and medical terms, has become an accepted reality to European-Americans and has recently spread to such non-Western capitals as Tokyo and New Delhi. Welcome to Middle Age! (And Other Cultural Fictions) explores the significance of this pervasive cultural representation alongside the alternative "fictions" that represent the life course in other regions of the world where middle age does not exist.

In this volume, anthropologists, behavioral scientists, and historians explore topics ranging from the Western ideology of "midlife decline" to cultural representations of mature adulthood that operate without the category of middle age. The result is a fascinating, panoramic collection that explores the myths surrounding and the representations of mature adulthood and of those years in the life span from thirty to seventy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226756080
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
08/28/1998
Series:
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Series on Mental Health and De Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
293
Sales rank:
1,211,843
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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Tanya M. Luhrmann
This fascinating collection does what the best anthropology does: it takes a human experience of central importance and apparent universality, and demonstrates that culture and social structure profoundly shape that experience and thus its role in human lives. One of the first and best contributions to the new anthropological interest in the life cycle.
— (Tanya M. Luhrmann, UC San Diego)

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