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Shaping Ageing
Social Transformations and Enduring Meanings

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ISBN 9780367495954
March 25, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
224 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This volume examines the manifold, often contradictory aspects of ageing, considering the ways in which contemporary social transformations affect the experience, conception, interpretation and representation of ageing. Thematically arranged, it brings together the latest scholarly work from around the world to consider theories and narratives of ageing, and the effects of space and place on identity and the experience of old age. Combining micro- and macro-perspectives, as well as theoretical and applied research, this interdisciplinary volume offers cross-cultural and comparative studies that resist overgeneralisation and reductivism in an effort to shed fresh light on our experience, understanding and response to ageing in the modern world. As such, it will appeal to scholars across the social sciences, particularly sociology, gerontology, demography, social policy and cultural studies, with interests in ageing and later life.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Ageing Matters: A Constructivist Perspective

Adriana Teodorescu and Dan Chiribucă

Part 1: Theories and Narratives of Ageing and Old Age

1. The Philosophic Homework of Later Life: On Narrative, Wisdom, and the Positive Potential of Growing Old

William L. Randall

2. Gerontophobia: The Cultural Roots of the Old-Age Anxiety in Contemporary Society

Michael Hviid Jacobsen and Adriana Teodorescu

3. Cougars and Crones: Maverick Archetypes for Older Women

Amanda Barusch

4. Visual Representations of Older Persons: Current Discourses and their Historical Roots

Eugène Loos and Jo Thijssen

5. ‘Positive Ageing Happens in The West’: Ageing Perceptions and Active Ageing Policy Implementation Among Romanian General Practitioners

Irina Catrinel Crăciun

Part 2: Ageing and Old Age in Different Spaces

6. ‘It’s Okay to Color Outside the Lines’: Living, Ageing and Dying in a Hospice ‘Home’

E. Moore Quinn

7. Ageing Behind Locked Doors: Growing Older in Secure Mental Health Care and Prison Settings

Renske Claasje Visser

8. Providing Elderly Care in Precarious Settings: A Case Study in Lima, Peru

Magdalena Zegarra Chiappori

9. Risks and Promises of Being Old in Social Media

Adriana Teodorescu and Dan Chiribucă

10. Beauty in Later Life: Voices from Older Korean Women in New Zealand

Saemyi Chung

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Adriana Teodorescu is Associate Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Babes-Bolyai University, Romania, and the co-editor of Death in Contemporary Popular Culture.

Dan Chiribucă is Professor of Sociology at Babes-Bolyai University, Romania.