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This collection of original essays opens up a novel area of inquiry: the distinctively ethical dimension of women's experiences of aging. Fifteen distinguished contributors here explore assumptions, experiences, practices, and public policies that affect women's well-being and dignity in later life.
The book brings to the study of women's aging a reflective dimension missing from the empirical work that has predominated to date. Ethical studies of aging have so far failed to emphasize gender. And feminist ethics has neglected older women, even when emphasizing other dimensions of "difference". Finally work on aging in all fields has focused on the elderly, while this volume sees aging as an extended process of negotiating personal and social change.
|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.93(d)|
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Table of ContentsPart 1 Introduction Margaret Urban Walker Part 2 Acknowledgments Part 3 Introduction Part 4 I: Looks Chapter 5 1 "There Are No Old Venuses": Older Women's Responses To Their Aging Bodies Chapter 6 2 Miroir, Memoir, Mirage: Appearance, Aging , and Women Part 7 II: Lives Chapter 8 3 Virtues and Age Chapter 9 4 Unplanned Obsolescence: Some Reflections On Aging Chapter 10 5 Stories of My Old Age Chapter 11 6 Getting Out Of Line: Alternatives To Life As A Career Chapter 12 7 Death's Gender Part 13 III: Looking At Health Care Chapter 14 8 Old Women Out Of Control: Some Thoughts On Aging, Ethics, and Psychosomatic Medicine Chapter 15 9 Menopause: Taking the Cure or Curing the Takes? Chapter 16 10 Religious Women, Medical Settings, and Moral Risk Chapter 17 11 Age, Sex, and Resource Allocation Part 18 IV: Living Arrangements Chapter 19 12 Aging Fairly: Feminist and Disability Perspectives on Intergenerational Justice Chapter 20 13 Home Care, Women, and Aging: A Case Study of Injustice Chapter 21 14 Caring for Ourselves: Peer Care in Autonomous Aging Robin Firoe Chapter 22 15 Age Segregated housing as a Moral Problem: An Exercise in Rethinking Ethics Part 23 Index Part 24 About the Contributors
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Feminists and philosophers alike have been slow to contribute to the lliterature of aging. Mother Time haelps make up for lost ime. The essaysvariously trenchant, poignant, daring and illuminatingspur us toward social justice and personal well-being in the lives of older women.