City of Green Benches: Growing Old in a New Downtown

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Cornell University Press, 1985 - Social Science - 162 pages
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In City of Green Benches, Vesperi combines the ear of a journalist, recording scores of conversations with elderly residents, with the eye of an anthropologist, trying to understand how people's self-esteem and self-perception are transformed in the process of social change. In this contribution to gerontology theory, Vesperi examines the cultural construction of old age in American society and its impact on the self-concept of the aged.
  

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Contents

About the Title of This Book
11
Introduction
19
PART ONE The Apperception of Old
31
Central Avenue 1937
40
Green bench graveyard 1969
41
Central Avenue 1984
45
Reciprocity
49
Game room Sunshine Center
66
First Avenue N between Fourth and Fifth Streets
87
Recycling aluminum cans downtown
88
PART TWO Social Policy and the Reality of Aging
97
Neighborly Senior Services
117
Checkers game Neighborly Senior Services
124
Exercise class Neighborly Senior Services
125
Neighborly Senior Services
127
Mental Health Care
133

Checkers game Sunshine Center
67
Round Lake
68
Spa beach on Tampa Bay
69
Recognition
73
After church
83
Williams Park
84
Band concert Williams Park
85
Band shell area Williams Park
86
Central Avenue at Ninth Street
140
Downtown alley
144
Intelligere est pati
147
Straub Park off Beach Drive
150
Downtown
153
Afterword to the Cornell Paperbacks Edition
155
References
163
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About the author (1985)

Maria D. Vesperi is a cultural anthropologist with research interests in urban issues, anthropology and journalism, social welfare policy, cultural constructions of aging and race, representations through visual media and performance and early industrial history.

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