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The journey of life : a cultural history of aging in America

Author: Thomas R Cole
Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1993, ©1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st pbk. edView all editions and formats
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The Journey of Life is both a cultural history of aging and a contribution to public dialogue about the meaning and significance of later life. The core of the book shows how central texts and images  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas R Cole
ISBN: 0521447658 9780521447652
OCLC Number: 28204609
Notes: First paperback edition 1993.
Description: xxxv, 260 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Part I: The ages of life and the journey of life: Transcendent ideals --
Aging in the Western tradition: cultural origins of the modern life course --
The aging pilgrim's progress in the New World --
"Death without order": the late Calvinist ideal of aging --
Part 2: The dualism of aging in Victorian America --
Antebellum revivals and Victorian morals: the ideological origins of ageism --
Popular health reform and the legitimation of longevity, 1830-1870 --
Aging, popular art, and Romantic religion in mid-Victorian culture --
In a different voice: self-help and the ideal of "civilized" old age, 1850-1910 --
Part 3: Science and the ideal of normal aging --
The aging of "civilized" morality: the fixed period versus prolongevity, 1870-1925 --
Toward the scientific management of aging: the formative literature of gerontology and geriatrics, 1890-1930 --
The prophecy of Senescence: G. Stanley Hall and the reconstruction of old age --
Epilogue: Beyond dualism and control --
reflections on aging in postmodern culture.
Responsibility: Thomas R. Cole.

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