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As the average lifespan in Western countries increases, aging has come to the fore as one of the premier issues confronting modern society. This is a cultural history of aging, which makes an important contribution to public dialogues about the meaning and significance of later life. The core of the book explores how writings and images of Northern middle-class culture created and sustained specifically modern images of the life course between the Reformation and World War I. During this period, secular, scientific, and individualist tendencies steadily eroded ancient and medieval understandings of aging as a mysterious part of the eternal order of things. Postmodern images of life's journey, however, offer a renewed awareness of the spiritual dimensions of later life and new opportunities for growth in an aging society. The book will go a long way toward changing some of our antiquated attitudes about the aging process.

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This is both a cultural history of aging and a contribution to public dialogues about the meaning and significance of later life. Central texts and images of Northern middle-class culture created and sustained specifically modern images of the life course between the Reformation and World War I; while secular, scientific, and individualist tendencies steadily eroded ancient and medieval understandings of ageing as a mysterious part of the eternal order of things. Postmodern images of life's journey, however, offer a renewed awareness of the spiritual dimensions of later life and new opportunities for growth in an aging society.

Synopsis:

Both a cultural history of aging and a contribution to public dialogues about the meaning and significance of later life.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Preface; Introduction; Part I. The Ages of Life and the Journey of Life: Transcendent Ideals: 1. Aging in the Western tradition: cultural origins of the modern life course; 2. The aging pilgrim's progress in the New World; 3. 'Death without order': the late Calvinist ideal of aging; Part II. The Dualism of Aging in Victorian America: 4. Antebellum revivals and Victorian morals: the ideological origins of ageism; 5. Popular health reform and the legitimation of longevity, 1830-1870; 6. Aging, popular art, and Romantic religion in mid-Victorian culture; 7. In a different voice: self-help and the ideal of 'civilised' old age, 1850-1910; Part III. Science and the Ideal of Normal Aging: 8. The aging of 'civilised' morality: the fixed period versus prolongevity, 1870-1925; 9. Toward the scientific management of aging: the formative literature of gerontology and geriatrics, 1890-1930; 10. The prophecy of Senescence: G. Stanley Hall and the reconstruction of old age; Epilogue: Beyond dualism and control - reflections on aging in postmodern culture; Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521595797
Subtitle:
A Cultural History of Aging in America
Author:
Cole, Thomas R.
Author:
Cole, Thomas R.
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Gerontology
Subject:
Aging
Subject:
Aged
Subject:
Aging - General
Edition Description:
CANTO
Series:
Canto original series
Publication Date:
19970828
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
44 half-tones
Pages:
298
Dimensions:
8.44x5.47x.83 in. .76 lbs.

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