What Are Old People for?: How Elders Will Save the World


Drawing from popular culture, history, science, a nd literature, a passionate and persuasive case is made for removing our ageist blinders and seeing old age as a developmental stage of life.
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Drawing from popular culture, history, science, a nd literature, a passionate and persuasive case is made for removing our ageist blinders and seeing old age as a developmental stage of life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781889242323
  • Publisher: VanderWyk & Burnham
  • Publication date: 7/25/2007
  • Pages: 370
  • Sales rank: 151,632
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xi
True Longevity 1
A New Wrinkle 3
The Doctrine of Youth's Perfection 12
The Hidden Powers of Age 22
Myths and Other Theories 32
Becoming Human 39
A Matter of Life and Death 41
Necessity's Virtue 50
The Rise of Elderhood 65
Old Age Long Ago 67
Industrial-Strength Aging 79
Victory 91
Navigating Life 97
Living on the Edge of the World 99
Old Maps 106
The Way We Live Now 115
Five Ages 121
Tragedy 129
The Cult of Adulthood 131
The Assault on Childhood 140
Adult Forever 148
The Old-Age Archipelago 157
Private Grief, Public Tragedy 167
Distant Thunder 177
The Eden Alternative 179
Resistance 191
Place and No Place 202
Elderhood's Sanctuary 208
The Green House 222
A Wink and a Smile 237
Midwife of Elderhood 239
The First Shahbaz 248
The Problem of Protection 256
Convivium 263
The Twofold Path 270
The Ripening 275
Elderhood Reborn 277
On Being an Elder 286
Eldertopia 299
Acknowledgments 315
Appendix The First Green Houses 320
Notes 327
Bibliography 356
Index 362
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