Alive and Kicking at All Ages

Cultural Constructions of Health and Life Course Identity

The linking of age and ill-health is part of a cultural narrative of decline as age is often defined as the absence of good health. Research has shown that we are aged by culture, but we are also culturally made ill when we age. The cultural ambiguity of aging can thus deconstruct negative images of old age as physical decrepitude. This volume investigates the topic of health within the matrix of time and experience by addressing issues such as how our understanding of health influences our notion of agency within a subversive deconstruction of normative age concepts, and what role the notion of health plays in such an interaction.

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15. Juni 2014, 324 Seiten
ISBN: 978-3-8394-2582-4
Dateigröße: 5.19 MB

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Ulla Kriebernegg

Ulla Kriebernegg, University of Graz, Austria

Roberta Maierhofer

Roberta Maierhofer, Universität Graz, Österreich

Barbara Ratzenböck

Barbara Ratzenböck, Universität Graz, Österreich

... with Ulla Kriebernegg, Roberta Maierhofer and Barbara Ratzenböck

1. »Books that the world does not need to read.« Why is your book different?

The wide scope of the articles presented in the fifth volume of the publication series of the European Network in Aging Studies (ENAS) is product and mission at the same time. It is only a starting point for investigation into the deconstruction of our understanding of normative human behavior. Once we stop talking about universal concepts that seemingly shape our life courses, we will be able to overcome preconceived notions of what it means to be and grow old.

2. What new perspective does your book provide?

Age and aging have for too long been linked to illness and decline. The authors of this volume deconstruct negative images of age as physical decrepitude and disease by presenting interpretations of material realities and cultural representations that challenge both structures and narratives of what it means to grow and be old. Thus, appreciation all stages of life is reclaimed both by the authors of this volume as well as by us reading these texts.

3. How does your book influence contemporary research within this area of focus?

Although illness and death cannot be linked to a specific age, preconceived notions very often equate health with youth. In this collection of essays, presence and absence of physical and mental well-being are discussed as part of life course identities and with respect to how our notions of agency are influenced by our understanding of health and illness within a subversive deconstruction of normative age concepts.

4. Who would you want discuss your book with?

We would like to discuss this collection of essays with all aging studies scholars and practitioners in the field, but also with everyone who has a general interest in the topic.

5. Describe your book in one sentence:

This interdisciplinary collection contributes to a re-conceptualization of aging and life course identity.

Alive and Kicking at All Ages Cultural Constructions of Health and Life Course Identity
transcript Verlag
21 SW-Abbildungen
SOC013000 SOC057000 SOC022000
15. Juni 2014
Medizin, Alter
Aging Studies, Gerontology, Literary Studies, Sociology, Media Studies, Cultural Studies, Cultural Anthropology
Aging Studies, Disability, Health, Identity, Gender, Narratives of Decline, Memory, Madness, Medicine, Sociology of Medicine, Cultural Studies

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