The Ages of Life

Living and Aging in Conflict?

The binary construction of »young« and »old«, which is based on a biogerontological model of aging as decline, can be redefined as the ambiguity of aging from a cultural studies perspective. This concept enables an analysis of the social functions of images of aging with the aim of providing a basis for interdisciplinary exchange on gerontological research.

The articles in this publication conceive the relationship between living and aging as a productive antagonism which focuses on the interplay between continuity and change as a marker of life course identity: aging and growing older are processes which cannot be reduced to the chronology of years but which are shaped by the individual's interaction with the changing circumstances of life.

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2013-05-07, 256 pages
ISBN: 978-3-8376-2212-6

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Ulla Kriebernegg, University of Graz, Austria

Roberta Maierhofer

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

This collection of essays aims to explore the relationship between living and aging as a productive antagonism. Aging and growing old are processes which cannot be reduced to a chronology of years but which are shaped by the individual's interaction with changing circumstances of life. To the degree that it enables agency, critical analyses of the relationship between living and aging allow for subversive deconstruction of normative age concepts.

2. What new perspective does your book provide?

In this volume, bio-gerontological models of aging as decline are redefined from new perspectives, e.g. a cultural studies perspective, as the ambiguity of living and aging. This cultural ambiguity enables an analysis of the social functions of images of aging in order to provide a basis for interdisciplinary exchange on gerontological knowledge.

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

Although consensus exists that any studies on aging and the life course have to bridge the gap between the abstract and the concrete, the personal and the political, theory and practice by providing an interdisciplinary platform for research, only recently the field of ›cultural gerontology‹ has gained acceptance. Even if many of the essays are firmly rooted within specific disciplines, by contributing to this volume an interdisciplinary discussion on aging and the life course is encouraged.

4. Who would you want discuss your book with?

Of course 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 the deconstruction of the binary opposition of ›young‹ and ›old‹.

Book title
The Ages of Life Living and Aging in Conflict?
Publisher
transcript Verlag
Pages
256
Features
kart.
ISBN
978-3-8376-2212-6
DOI
Commodity Group
1728
BIC-Code
JFSP31 JFC DSB
BISAC-Code
SOC013000 SOC022000 LIT004020
THEMA-Code
JBSP4 JBCC DSB
Release date
2013-05-07
Edition
1
Topics
Literatur, Alter
Readership
Aging Studies, Gerontology, Literary Studies, Sociology, Media Studies, Cultural Studies
Keywords/Tags
Age, Aging, Life Course, Identity, Cultural Gerontology, Concepts of Time, Gender, Aging Studies, Literature, Cultural Studies, American Studies, Literary Studies

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