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Authors: Jason Powell (Univ. of Liverpool) and Tony Gilbert (Univ. of Plymouth) 
Book Description:
Viewing aging and identity through the critical lens of both contemporary gerontology theory and postmodernist concepts, the contributing scholars examine a vast range of issues: from disability to clothing; from aging, health and education to social philosophies and meanings of aging; and from auto-ethnographic methodologies to rethinking postmodern theories of aging. These rich examples demonstrate that traditional biomedical models of aging can no longer give universal and totalising views of aging. The key issue of the book is to point to the varied social and cultural representations and experiences of aging and identity formation. The book celebrates the diversity of older people, challenging the bio-medical equation of 'aging as decline' with exciting and alternative theorizations from postmodern gerontology. Further, a postmodern approach helps to debunk and shatter fixed and limited perceptions of aging by advocating an alternative expression of aging; the conceptual and theoretical focus on aging identity illuminates the self is fluid, changeable and dynamic. This book engages social theory with aging identity by analysing the challenges and opportunities afforded to older people in the ‘contemporary age of aging’.

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Table of Contents:

Chapter 1 Introduction
(Jason L. Powell and Tony Gilbert) (pp. 1-4)

Chapter 2 Phenomenologies of Aging
(Jason L. Powell and Tony Gilbert) (pp. 5-16)

Chapter 3 “Making it up as you go along”: a personal account of ageing with cerebral palsydd
(Claire Tregaskis) (pp. 17-28)

Chapter 4 The absence of Adam: prostate cancer and male identity
(Antje Kampf) (pp. 29-44)

Chapter 5 Social Imagery, Aging, and the Life Course: A Postmodern Assessment
(Steven Arxer, John W. Muphy, Linda Belgrave) (pp. 45-56)

Chapter 6 Age, sexuality and the sporting body: an autoethnograpy of slipping around and through a state of ‘being healthy without feeling healthy’
(Elizabeth Ettorre) (pp. 57-68)

Chapter 7 'Not old' and 'old': postmodern identities in a new lifestage
(Gail Wilson) (pp. 69-80)

Chapter 8 Constructing Identities: Postmodernism, Pragmatism and a Third Way?
(Rob Meadows and Susan Venn) (pp. 81-92)

Chapter 9 Clothing, Identity and the Embodiment of Age
(Julia Twigg) (pp. 93-104)

Chapter 10 Redefining Aging and Identity: Reinvention through Education as a Postmodern Dynamic
(Kathleen Moore and Lagretta T. Lenker) (pp. 105-114)


   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2011
   Pages: 7 x 10, 127 pp.
   ISBN: 978-1-60741-191-8
   Status: AV
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EP Editorial Production
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