How critical gerontology challenges anti-aging ideology and leads the individual to a self-defined later life (Book, 2011) [WorldCat.org]
skip to content
How critical gerontology challenges anti-aging ideology and leads the individual to a self-defined later life Preview this item
ClosePreview this item
Checking...

How critical gerontology challenges anti-aging ideology and leads the individual to a self-defined later life

Author: Andrea C Anderson
Publisher: 2011.
Dissertation: M.A.I.S. Marylhurst University 2011
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Thesis/dissertation : Manuscript   Archival Material : English
Summary:
At a time when the aging population is increasing exponentially, the practices of the anti-aging practitioners and the discourses of critical gerontology have developed opposing definitions of the aging process. Anti-aging medicine presents aging as an unnatural and unnecessary process. It sees the aging body as a project for rejuvenation, inside and out, in order to maintain a youthful appearance. The discourses of  Read more...
Rating:

(not yet rated) 0 with reviews - Be the first.

Subjects
More like this

Find a copy in the library

&AllPage.SpinnerRetrieving; Finding libraries that hold this item...

Details

Genre/Form: Academic theses
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Anderson, Andrea C.
How critical gerontology challenges anti-aging ideology and leads the individual to a self-defined later life.
2011
(OCoLC)812374500
Material Type: Thesis/dissertation, Manuscript
Document Type: Book, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Andrea C Anderson
OCLC Number: 812349626
Notes: Printout.
Description: 108 leaves ; 29 cm
Responsibility: by Andrea C. Anderson.

Abstract:

At a time when the aging population is increasing exponentially, the practices of the anti-aging practitioners and the discourses of critical gerontology have developed opposing definitions of the aging process. Anti-aging medicine presents aging as an unnatural and unnecessary process. It sees the aging body as a project for rejuvenation, inside and out, in order to maintain a youthful appearance. The discourses of critical gerontology view age as a natural and holistic process. This social science is driven by humanitarian underpinnings and includes a desire to understand the "inside" story of aging on an individual basis. In this thesis both sides of the issue will be explored. First, the development of anti-aging culture will be discussed in terms of population growth, retirement, the influence of beauty culture and types of anti-aging procedures. Second, the development of critical gerntological theory will be discussed in terms of biological aging, life span development theory, life course perspective and critical gerontology, including critical feminist gerontology, narrative gerontology and age studies. The goal of this thesis is to explore the cultural forces that determine the quality of people's age identities. Flaws in the culturally scripted stories of age will be identified and more realistic, individualized stories of age will be suggested. With the help of gerontological theory, a critical age autobiography can be written, one that encourages the emergence of a truer, more authentic, age identity.

Reviews

User-contributed reviews
Retrieving GoodReads reviews...
Retrieving DOGObooks reviews...

Tags

Be the first.
Confirm this request

You may have already requested this item. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway.

Close Window

Please sign in to WorldCat 

Don't have an account? You can easily create a free account.