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Old Age

Old Age
Constructions and Deconstructions

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Part of Themes in the Social Sciences

  • Date Published: May 1994
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521447485

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About the Authors
  • Haim Hazan, a specialist on old age in anthropology, focuses on the reality of the experience of old age as opposed to the stereotyped image. He argues that the construction of this world by outsiders is affected by deeply ingrained social attitudes whereby the old are separated from society and associated with the fear of death. The author views the subject from a social constructionist perspective, drawing on ethnographic accounts to produce a sophisticated and original book that will have a significant impact on a field still dominated by the "social problems" approach.

    • An original anthropological study of the reality of ageing examining recent debates in the field
    • Haim Hazan is a leading authority in the field
    • A book which will be of interest to students in the field, and also those working closely with the old
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Hazan's critical analysis is raises issues for social science theoriists and researchers studying old age to ponder." Anne Foner, American Journal of Sociology

    "The alternative model that Hazan proposes has aspects that could make important contributions to our knowledge about aging, and as Hazan emphasizes, about the ways we do, or do not, acquire knowledge about any elements of human experience that combine biological, cultural, and personal aspects. The two most creative themes introduced in Hazan's alternative model are rooted in his own research: the perception of time by older persons, and their creation of new cultural frameworks in age-homogenous settings. The examples taken from the author's work in these areas are a tempting invitation to further pursuit of a knowledge of age that Hazan proposes should encompass both major facets of the aging experience...." Jennie Keith, American Scientist

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 1994
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521447485
    • length: 140 pages
    • dimensions: 3 x 151 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.217kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: Towards knowledge of old age
    Part I. Representations of Ageing: Languages About Old Age: l. The social trap: the language of separation
    2. The cultural trap: the language of images
    3. The personal trap: the language of self-presentation
    4. The theoretical trap: the missing language
    Part II. Presentations of Ageing: Language of the Old:
    5. Control: the social boundaries of age
    6. Meaning: the cultural boundaries of life
    7. Another universe: time, space, and self
    Conclusion: the nature of knowledge about ageing.

  • Author

    Haim Hazan, Tel-Aviv University

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