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Voices and Visions of Aging

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Voices and Visions of Aging

SKU# 9780826180209

Toward a Critical Gerontology


  • Thomas Cole PhD
  • W. Andrew Achenbaum PhD
  • Patricia Jakobi PhD
  • Robert Kastenbaum PhD

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A critical gerontology requires more than a simple elaboration of existing humanistic scholarship on aging. This exceptional new work introduces a basis for genuine dialogue across humanistic, scientific, and professional disciplines. Among the topics addressed are industrial employment, retirement, life styles of older women, and biological research. From philosophical reflections on the "third age" to critical perspectives on institutional adaptations to an aging society, this book presents a wide range of provocative thought.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date November 15, 1992
  • Page Count 368
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826180209
  • EISBN 9780826197917

Table of Contents 

    Preface, Thomas R. Cole
    Overview: What is Critical Gerontology and Why Is It Important?, Harry R. Moody
    Part I: Theory/Epistemology/Method
  1. Critical Perspectives on Retirement, Robert C. Atchley
  2. Aging as Explanation: How Scientific Measurement Can Advance Critical Gerontology, Fred L. Bookstein and W. Andrew Achenbaum
  3. Voice and Context in a New Gerontology, Jaber F. Gubrium
  4. Evolutionary Gerontology and Critical Gerontology: Let’s Just Be Friends, Michael R. Rose
  5. Criticism between Literature and Gerontology, Steven Weiland

  6. Part II: Humanistic Gerontology
  7. Aging, Morale, and Meaning: The Nexus of Narrative, Bertram J. Cohler
  8. Rethinking Industrialization: Old Age and the Family Economy, Brian Gratton and Carole Haber
  9. Encrusted Elders: Arizona and the Political Spirit of Postmodern Aging, Robert Kastenbaum
  10. Arrested Aging: The Power of the Past to Make Us Aged and Old, Laurence B. McCullough
  11. Scenes from Primary Care: A Dream in Two Acts, William, F. Monroe in collaboration with Tomas R. Cole
  12. Free to Die: Afterthoughts on Primary Care, Ronald A. Carson

  13. Part III: Political Gerontology/Ideology Critique
  14. Toward a Philosophy of the Third Age, Charles J. Fahey and Martha Holstein
  15. Definitional Ceremonies: Depoliticizing and Reenchanting the Culture of Age, Marc Kaminsky
  16. Justice and Mother Love: Toward a Critical Theory of Justice Between Old and Young, Nancy S. Jecker
  17. The Lives of Older Women: Perspectives from Political Economy and the Humanities, Beverly Ovrebo and Meredith Minkler

  18. Acknowledgments