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Composing a Further Life: The Age of Active Wisdom

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From the author of Composing a Life (first published in 1991 and still in print), an inspiring exploration of a new stage of the life cycle, “Adulthood II,” created by unprecedented levels of health, energy, time, and resources—of which we have barely begun to be fully conscious.

Mary Catherine Bateson sees aging today as an “improvisational art form calling for imagination and willingness to learn,” and in this ardent, affirming study, she relates the experiences of men and women—herself included—who, upon entering this second adulthood, have found new meaning and new ways to contribute, composing their lives in new patterns.

Among the people Bateson engages in open-ended, in-depth conversations are a retired Maine boatyard worker who has become a silversmith and maker of fine jewelry; an African American woman who explores the importance of grandmothering; two gay men finding contentment in mutual caring; the retired dean of a cathedral in New York City who exemplifies how a multiplicity of interests and connections lead to deeper unity; and Jane Fonda, who shares her ways of dealing with change and spiritual growth.

Here is a book that presents each of us—at any age—with an exhilarating challenge to think about and approach our later lives with the full force of imagination, curiosity, and enthusiasm. At the same time, it speaks to us as members of a larger society concerned about the world that our children and grandchildren, born and not yet born, will inherit. “We live longer,” she says, “but we think shorter.” As adults find themselves entering Adulthood II, making the choices that will affirm and complete the meaning of the lives they have lived, they can play a key role, contributing their perspectives and their experience of adapting to change. In our day, wisdom is no longer associated with withdrawal and passivity but with engagement with others and the contribution that Bateson calls “active wisdom.”

Synopsis:

Mary Catherine Bateson was Clarence J. Robinson Professor in Anthropology and English at George Mason University from 1987 to 2002, when she became Professor Emerita. She is a Visiting Scholar at the Center on Aging and Work/Workplace Flexibility at Boston College and, until recently, was president of the Institute of Intercultural Studies in New York City. She is the

Synopsis:

An exuberant follow-up to Composing a Life evaluates the creative aspects of aging today, relating the experiences of men and women whose lasting health and resources have enabled them to realize a meaningful sense of purpose throughout the second half of life.

Synopsis:

From the author of Composing a Life (first published in 1991 and still in print), an inspiring exploration of a new stage of the life cycle, Adulthood II, created byunprecedented levels of health, energy, time, and resources-of which we have barely begun to be fully conscious.

Mary Catherine Bateson sees aging today as an improvisational artform calling for imagination and willingness to learn, and in this ardent, affirming study, she relates the experiences of men and women-herself included--who, upon entering this secondadulthood, have found new meaning and new ways to contribute, composing their lives in new patterns.

Among the people Bateson engages in open-ended, in-depth conversations are a retired Maine boatyardworker who has become a silversmith and maker of fine jewelry; an African American woman who explores the importance of grandmothering; two gay men finding contentment in mutual caring; the retired dean of a cathedral inNew York City who exemplifies how a multiplicity of interests and connections lead to deeper unity; and Jane Fonda, who shares her ways of dealing with change and spiritual growth.

Here is a book thatpresents each of us-at any age--with an exhilarating challenge to think about and approach our later lives with the full force of imagination, curiosity, and enthusiasm. At the same time, it speaks to usas members of a larger society concerned about the world that our children and grandchildren, born and not yet born, will inherit. We live longer, she says, but we think shorter.As adults find themselves entering Adulthood II, making the choices that will affirm and complete the meaning of the lives they have lived, they can play a key role, contributing their perspectives and their experience ofadapting to change. In our day, wisdom is no longer associated with withdrawal and passivity but with engagement with others and the contribution that Bateson calls activewisdom.

From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Mary Catherine Bateson was Clarence J. Robinson Professor of Anthropology and English at George Mason University from 1987 to 2002, when she became professor emerita. She is a Visiting Scholar at the Center on Aging & Work/Workplace Flexibility at Boston College, and until recently was president of the Institute of Intercultural Studies in New York City. She is the author of With a Daughter’s Eye: A Memoir of Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson; Composing a Life; Peripheral Visions: Learning Along the Way; Full Circles, Overlapping Lives: Culture and Generation in Transition; and Willing to Learn: Passages of Personal Discovery. She lives in Hancock, New Hampshire.

Table of Contents

Thinking about longevity — Small and beautiful — Liberation time — From strength to strength — Acts and chapters — Focusing multiplicity — Pleasure and responsibility — A time for wholeness — What we pass on — Shaping the future — Knowledge old and new.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307594228
Subtitle:
The Age of Active Wisdom
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Author:
Bateson, Mary Catherine
Author:
Peripheral Visions: Learning Along the Way
Author:
Mary Catherine Bateson
Author:
two gay men finding contentment in mutual caring
Author:
of <i>Composing a Life
Subject:
Social Science : Sociology - General
Subject:
Social Science : Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Social Science : Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Aging
Subject:
Motivational & Inspirational
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Audio Books-Health and Medicine
Subject:
Audio Books-Self Help
Subject:
Gender Studies-Womens Studies
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Aging
Subject:
Self-Help : General
Subject:
NEWARRIVAL-HIST/SOC
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20100914
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
258

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Biography » Women
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Aging
Health and Self-Help » Self-Help » General
History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Anthropology » General
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies
History and Social Science » Sociology » General

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Product details 258 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307594228 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Mary Catherine Bateson was Clarence J. Robinson Professor in Anthropology and English at George Mason University from 1987 to 2002, when she became Professor Emerita. She is a Visiting Scholar at the Center on Aging and Work/Workplace Flexibility at Boston College and, until recently, was president of the Institute of Intercultural Studies in New York City. She is the
"Synopsis" by , An exuberant follow-up to Composing a Life evaluates the creative aspects of aging today, relating the experiences of men and women whose lasting health and resources have enabled them to realize a meaningful sense of purpose throughout the second half of life.
"Synopsis" by , From the author of Composing a Life (first published in 1991 and still in print), an inspiring exploration of a new stage of the life cycle, Adulthood II, created byunprecedented levels of health, energy, time, and resources-of which we have barely begun to be fully conscious.

Mary Catherine Bateson sees aging today as an improvisational artform calling for imagination and willingness to learn, and in this ardent, affirming study, she relates the experiences of men and women-herself included--who, upon entering this secondadulthood, have found new meaning and new ways to contribute, composing their lives in new patterns.

Among the people Bateson engages in open-ended, in-depth conversations are a retired Maine boatyardworker who has become a silversmith and maker of fine jewelry; an African American woman who explores the importance of grandmothering; two gay men finding contentment in mutual caring; the retired dean of a cathedral inNew York City who exemplifies how a multiplicity of interests and connections lead to deeper unity; and Jane Fonda, who shares her ways of dealing with change and spiritual growth.

Here is a book thatpresents each of us-at any age--with an exhilarating challenge to think about and approach our later lives with the full force of imagination, curiosity, and enthusiasm. At the same time, it speaks to usas members of a larger society concerned about the world that our children and grandchildren, born and not yet born, will inherit. We live longer, she says, but we think shorter.As adults find themselves entering Adulthood II, making the choices that will affirm and complete the meaning of the lives they have lived, they can play a key role, contributing their perspectives and their experience ofadapting to change. In our day, wisdom is no longer associated with withdrawal and passivity but with engagement with others and the contribution that Bateson calls activewisdom.

From the Hardcover edition.

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