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Mother Time: Women, Aging, and Ethicsby Margaret Urban Walker
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This collection of original essays opens up a novel area of inquiry: the distinctively ethical dimension of women's experiences of aging. Fifteen distinguished contributors here explore assumptions, experiences, practices, and public policies that affect women's well-being and dignity in later life. The book brings to the study of women's aging a reflective dimension missing from the empirical work that has predominated to date. Ethical studies of aging have so far failed to emphasize gender. And feminist ethics has neglected older women, even when emphasizing other dimensions of difference. Finally work on aging in all fields has focused on the elderly, while this volume sees aging as an extended process of negotiating personal and social change.
Book News Annotation:
Supported by a grant to the Ethics Center of the U. of South Florida from the Commission on Aging with Dignity, scholars—mostly of philosophy, ethics, and feminist studies—attended a working conference in 1998, and then submitted 15 contributions that provide a sampling of thought on various ethical aspects of looks, lives, health care, and living arrangements as they concern aging women. From the introduction by editor Walker (philosophy, U. of Fordham): "...the contributors to this volume do not agree among themselves on a variety of questions that are raised herein, for example, on the value of autonomy as a central moral or social ideal, or on the degree to which an understanding of aging-as-decline is socially constructed."
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Mother Time opens up a novel area of inquiry: the ethical dimension of women's experiences of aging. Distinguished contributors such as Sara Ruddick, Sandra Lee Bartky, and Diana Tietjens Meyers offer original essays that explore the assumptions, experiences, and public policies that affect women's well-being and dignity in later life. Most writing on aging has ignored gender, and even feminists have usually neglected older women. Mother Time brings a richer perspective to bear, seeing women's aging as an extended process of negotiating personal and social change.
Mother Time opens up a novel area of inquiry: the ethical dimension of women's experiences of aging.
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