Learning to Be Old: Gender, Culture, and Aging

Title

Learning to Be Old: Gender, Culture, and Aging

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Description

What does it mean to grow old in America today? Is 'successful aging' our responsibility? What will happen if we fail to 'grow old gracefully'? Especially for women, the onus on the aging population in the United States is growing rather than diminishing. Gender, race, and sexual orientation have been reinterpreted as socially constructed phenomena, yet aging is still seen through physically constructed lenses. This book helps put aging in a new light, neither romanticizing nor demonizing it. Feminist scholar Margaret Cruikshank looks at a variety of different forces affecting the progress of aging, including fears and taboos, multicultural traditions, and the medicalization and politicization of natural processes. Through it all, we learn a better way to inhabit our age whatever it is.

ISBN

0847698491

Publication Date

2003

Publisher

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

City

Lanham, MD

Keywords

Aging, Psychological aspects, Older people, United States

Disciplines

Family, Life Course, and Society | Sociology