Learning to be Old: Gender, Culture, and Aging
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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Learning to be old: gender, culture, and agingUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
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
Review: Learning to Be Old: Gender, Culture, and AgingUser Review - Kate - Goodreads
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