Learning to be Old: Gender, Culture, and Aging

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2003 - Social Science - 244 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. 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.
  

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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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This book stinks! If you want to be thinking even more negatively about aging - enjoy the read! I have to read this for a class on geriatric studies and I wouldn't let one aging person I know near it. I plan on burning it when the class is done! I wish I could give minus star value here....horrible book! 

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\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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