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Keeping the Faith in Late Life

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Keeping the Faith in Late Life

SKU# 9780826117755

Author: Susan Eisenhandler PhD


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Based on Eisenhandler's qualitative research study of men and women, sixty years and older, this volume provides a sociological narrative of religious belief that has been sustained and sometimes changed over the course of life.

Through extensive interviews, Eisenhandler explores older adults' personal engagement with religion, the role of socialization in retaining faith in late life, and the extent to which older adults participate in religious behavior and find religious beliefs relevant to their present life. Questions at the core of Eisenhandler's research include: Do older adults today find such good company in the sacred or avail themselves of it?; What social behavior is consonant with keeping faith as part of life?; Is religion an anchor for the self-identity of older adults?; How does religion fit into people's worlds as their lives draw to a close?

Product Details 

  • Publication Date January 22, 2003
  • Page Count 208
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826117755
  • EISBN 9780826197351

Table of Contents 

    Frontispiece, L.R. Fisher
    Foreword, H.R. Moody
  1. Introduction: Faith as a Feature of Identity and of Late Life: The Theoretical and Methodological Context of the Study
  2. The Bedrock of Faith and Religion--Socialization
  3. The Folkways of Prayer in Late Life
  4. Other Folkways of Faith in Late Life
  5. A Grown-Up Faith with Musings, Doubts, and Questions
  6. Folkways of Faith in Long-Term Care Settings: Self, Soul, and Space
  7. Conclusion: Beyond A Reflexive Faith

  8. References
    Appendix A: A Closer Look at Several Steps in the Research Process
    Appendix B: Some Social Characteristics of the Sample