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Old Age

Old Age
Constructions and Deconstructions


Part of Themes in the Social Sciences

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

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  • Haim Hazan is a leading specialist on old age in anthropology, and has published several books on particular communities of old people. The latest book is an essay on the realities of old age, as it is experienced, as opposed to the ideas about the old current in western societies. It argues that the construction of this world by outsiders is inevitably affected by deeply ingrained social attitudes and structures, such as the spatial segregation of the aged as a population, and the fear of death with which they are associated. By approaching the subject from the social constructionist perspective, and by drawing on a variety of detailed ethnographic accounts, the author describes a unique and nuanced social world. This is a sophisticated and original book, which should have a significant impact on a field still dominated by a '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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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 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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