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
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.
Watch the author interview with Julia Twigg and Wendy Martin