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Learning to be old : gender, culture, and aging

Author: Margaret Cruikshank
Publisher: Lanham, Md : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Describes beliefs, customs, and traditions surrounding aging in America and suggests that awareness of these social construcitons can help women resist their negative impact. After critiquing cultural myths, ageism, the politics of aging, and mainstream gerontology, she proposes a feminist "gerastology" in which older women "including minorities and lesbians) interview their peers as part of the research agenda.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Margaret Cruikshank
ISBN: 0847698483 9780847698486 0847698491 9780847698493
OCLC Number: 49566317
Description: xi, 244 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Cultural myths and aging --
The fear of an aging population --
Sickness and other social roles of the old --
Overmedicating old Americans --
Healthy physical aging --
The politics of healthy aging --
Gender, class, and ethnicity --
Prescribed busyness and spirituality --
Ageism --
Gerastology : a feminist's view of gerontology and women's aging --
Conclusion: The paradoxes of aging.
Responsibility: Margaret Cruikshank.

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What does it mean to grow old in America? Is "successful ageing" our responsibility, and what will happen if we fail to "grow old gracefully"? This text helps put ageing in a different light, neither  Read more...

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