Learning to Be Old: Gender, Culture, and Aging

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Jan 16, 2009 - Psychology - 256 pages
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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. The second edition of Margaret Cruikshank's Learning to Be Old helps put aging in a new light, neither romanticizing nor demonizing it. Featuring new research and analysis, expanded sections on gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender aging and critical gerontology, and an updated chapter on feminist gerontology, the second edition even more thoroughly than the first looks at the variety of different forces affecting the progress of aging. Cruikshank pays special attention to the fears and taboos, multicultural traditions, and the medicalization and politicization of natural processes that inform our understanding of age. Through it all, we learn a better way to inhabit our age whatever it is.
  

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Age discrimination is alive and well in America. Despite increased knowledge about aging and improved longevity, myths and stereotypes abound. This book's title refers to the need to dispel those ... Read full review

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Must read. Countercultural gerontology. Politics. Medicare. Pharmaceutical companies & overmedication. I learned much about what I thought I already knew. Updated from 2003 version - academic but written in a style to appeal to all. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter 01 Cultural Myths and Aging
9
Chapter 02 Fear of an Aging Population
25
Chapter 03 Sickness and Other Social Roles of Old People
37
Chapter 04 Overmedicating Old Americans
53
Chapter 05 Healthy Physical Aging
71
Chapter 06 The Politics of Healthy Aging
93
Chapter 07 Gender Class and Ethnicity
115
Chapter 08 Ageism
139
Chapter 09 Prescribed Busyness and Its Antidotes
163
Chapter 10 A Feminists View of Gerontology and Womens Aging
179
The Paradoxes of Aging
207
References
211
Index
243
About the Author
253
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About the author (2009)

Margaret Cruikshank is lecturer in women's studies and faculty associate of the Center on Aging at the University of Maine.

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