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Later Life

Exploring Aging through Literature, 1st Edition

By Barbara A. Misztal

Routledge

248 pages

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Hardback: 9781351112833
pub: 2020-02-13
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Later Life views older age as a valuable stage of life and argues for the centrality of self-making to the quality of later life. Aiming to enrich an understanding of ageing as the unfolding process in which people try to negotiate vulnerabilities of their bodies and manage mortality, it explores the conditions for pursuing the search for knowledge of oneself in later life.

This new book, with the help of literary examples, presents factors both supporting and hindering the quality of the experience of later life. It demonstrates how wondering, courage and habit sustain the self-making in older age. After illustrating that the process of ageing also imposes ordeals, the book depicts remedies needed to overcome boredom, bitterness and sadness, three torments caused by the age-specific sense of time.

It is essential reading not only for academics and professionals in age studies, sociology of ageing, gerontology and health care, but also for a general audience. The book’s focus on the experiences of later life will appeal to the reader interested in understanding the complexities of ageing and in enhancing the quality of later life, while its reliance on literary illustrations will be appreciated by lovers of literature.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Later Life and The Experience of Ageing

PART I. THE PILLARS OF LATER LIFE

1. Keeping on Wondering

2. It Takes Courage

3. The Enabling Potential of Habit

PART II. THE ORDEALS OF LATER LIFE

4. The Specious Present and Boredom

5. The Flexible Past and Bitterness

6. The Diminishing Future and SadnessEpilogue: Explications and Ellipses

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About the Author

Barbara A. Misztal is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at University of Leicester. She is the author ofa number of books, including Multiple Normalities (2015), The Challenges of Vulnerability (2011), Intellectuals and the Public Good (2007), Social Theories of Remembering (2003), Informality ( 2000), Trust in Modern Society (Polity 1996), Action on AIDS (with D. Moss,1990). Her current research interest is focused on search for narratives that make sense of public sphere.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Sociology

This series presents cutting-edge developments and debates within the field of sociology. It provides a broad range of case studies and the latest theoretical perspectives, while covering a variety of topics, theories and issues from around the world. It is not confined to any particular school of thought.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC000000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / General
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General