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Routledge Handbook of Cultural Gerontology

1st Edition

Edited by Julia Twigg, Wendy Martin


480 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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Later years are changing under the impact of demographic, social and cultural shifts. No longer confined to the sphere of social welfare, they are now studied within a wider cultural framework that encompasses new experiences and new modes of being. Drawing on influences from the arts and humanities, and deploying diverse methodologies – visual, literary, spatial – and theoretical perspectives Cultural Gerontology has brought new aspects of later life into view. This major new publication draws together these currents including: Theory and Methods; Embodiment; Identities and Social Relationships; Consumption and Leisure; and Time and Space. Based on specially commissioned chapters by leading international authors, the Routledge Handbook of Cultural Gerontology will provide concise authoritative reviews of the key debates and themes shaping this exciting new field.

Table of Contents

1. The Field of Cultural Gerontology: An Introduction, Julia Twigg and Wendy Martin Part I: Theory and Methods 2.Introduction, Julia Twigg and Wendy Martin 3.Aged by Culture, Margaret Morganroth Gullette 4. The Cultural Turn in Gerontology, Chris Gilleard and Paul Higgs 5. Beyond the View of the West: Ageing and anthropology, Sarah Lamb 6. Historians of Ageing and the "Cultural Turn," Antje Kampf 7. Literature and Ageing, Sarah Falcus 8. Theatre and Ageing, Miriam Bernard and Lucy Munro 9. Ageing in Film, Aagje Swinnen 10. Popular Music and Ageing, Ros Jennings 11. Art, Ageing and the Body, Michelle Meagher 12. Visual Methods in Ageing Research, Wendy Martin 13. Ethnographies of Ageing, Cathrine Degnen 14. Ageing, Narrative and Biographical Methods, Joanna Bornat Part II: Embodiment 15. Introduction, Julia Twigg and Wendy Martin 16. Theorising Embodiment and Ageing, Emmanuelle Tulle 17. Gender, Age and Appearance, Laura Hurd Clarke and Erica V. Bennett 18. Hair and Age, Richard Ward 19. Dress and Age, Julia Twigg 20. Science, Technology and Ageing, Kelly Joyce, Meika Loe and Lauren Diamond-Brown 21. Ageing, Risk and the Falling Body, Stephen Katz 22. Dementia and Embodiment, Pia Kontos 23. Suffering and Pain in Old Age, Kate de Medeiros and Helen Black Part III: Identities and Social Relationships 24.Introduction, Julia Twigg and Wendy Martin 25. Intersectionality and Age, Toni Calasanti and Neal King 26. Gender: Implications of a Contested Area, Jeff Hearn and Sharon Wray 27. Anti-ageing and Identities, Barbara L. Marshall 28. Sex, Sexuality and Later Life, Linn Sandberg 29. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Ageing, Yiu-tung Suen 30. Grandparenting, Sara Arber and Virpi Timonen 31. Widowhood and its Cultural Representation, Anne Martin-Matthews 32. Loneliness and Social Isolation, Christina Victor and Mary Pat Sullivan 33. The Fourth Age, Liz Lloyd 34. Cultures of Care, Michael Fine 35. Ethnicity, Culture and Migration, Sandra Torres 36. Ageing Well Across Cultures, Matthew Carroll and Helen Bartlett Part VI: Consumption and Leisure 37. Introduction, Julia Twigg and Wendy Martin 38. Retirement: Evolution, Revolution, Retrenchment, Sarah Vickerstaff 39. Money and Later Life, Debora Price and Lynne Livsey 40. Possessions as a Material Convoy, David J. Ekerdt 41. Gardens and Gardening in Later Life, Christine Milligan and Amanda Bingley 42. Sport, Physical Activity and Ageing, Cassandra Phoenix and Meredith Griffin 43. Travel and Tourism in Later Life, Martin Hyde 44. Volunteering in Later Life, Jeni Warburton 45. Youth Culture, Ageing and Identity, Andy Bennett 46. Celebrity Culture and Ageing, Kirsty Fairclough-Isaacs 47. Representations of Ageing in the Media, Virpi Ylänne 48. ‘Late Style’ and Late-life Creativity, David Amigoni and Gordon McMullan Part V: Time and Space 49.Introduction, Julia Twigg and Wendy Martin 50. Global and Local Ties and the Reconstruction of Later Life, Chris Phillipson 51. Time in Late Modern Ageing, Jan Baars 52. Transitions, Time and Later Life, Amanda Grenier 53. Rural and Urban Ageing, Ricca Edmondson and Thomas Scharf 54. Lifestyle Migration, Karen O’Reilly and Michaela Benson 55. Ageing Trends in Asia-Pacific Region, Alfred C. M Chan and Carol H. K. Ma 56. Connectivity, Digital Technologies and Later Life, Ian Rees Jones 57. Meanings of Home and Age, Sheila Peace 58. Public Places and Age, Caroline Holland 59. Cemeteries and Age, Allison Kirkman

About the Editors

Julia Twigg is Professor of Social Policy and Sociology at the University of Kent, UK. She has written widely on the body and age. In 2006 she published The Body in Health and Social Care, building on earlier work on personal care, Bathing - the Body and Community Care, and informal carers. She is currently working on dress and age. She has been involved in the recent international conferences of Cultural Gerontology. She is on the editorial boards of Ageing & Society, Journal of Aging Studies and International Journal of Ageing and Later Life.

Wendy Martin is a Senior Lecturer in the College of Health and Life Sciences, Brunel University London, UK. Her research focuses on ageing, embodiment and daily life and the use of visual methods in ageing research. She was Principal Investigator for the Economic and Social Research Council research project Photographing Everyday Life: Ageing, Lived Experiences, Time and Space. She is co-convenor of the British Sociological Association Ageing, Body and Society study group. She was previously Secretary of the British Society of Gerontology.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gerontology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General


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