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Social Gerontology

Concepts and Concerns in the U.S. and Europe

Anne Jamieson

Two recent publications, one American (Minkler and Estes, 1999) and one European (Arber and Attias-Donfut, 2000), provide a good opportunity to reflect on some of the issues and challenges in current social gerontology. Social gerontology is an area of study concerned with ageing and age-related social issues. Its strengths are its multidisciplinarity and the imaginative ways in which it successfully combines a range of perspectives and approaches in exploring the processes and experience of ageing. Within this broad field are widely different interests and concerns, and indeed differences of opinion as to what gerontology should be about. Whether such differences are clear-cut and perhaps even constitute ‘schools of thought’ is debatable. Judging from the discussion by the editors of Critical Gerontology: Perspectives from Political and Moral Economy, critical gerontology constitutes a field or enterprise, which appears as distinct from mainstream gerontology (Minkler and Estes, 1999).

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Andrew Dawson

This biographical and, in part, phenomenological anthropology of older people in post-industrial England illuminates a local and generationally specific communitarian critique of and form of resistance against the process of individualisation. Rather than presenting communitarianism conventionally as an abstract political ideology or set of ideas about locality, it is conceptualised as emerging from and being reinforced by experiences of ageing, especially bodily ageing. It these respects, the article responds positively to Tatjana Thelen and Cati Coe’s call to take the anthropology of ageing out of its current condition of relative intellectual marginality, by recognising ageing and its related care arrangements as key structuring features within societies and political organisation and by treating them as a window onto understanding broad-scale social and political processes.

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What Am I Still Doing Here?

Travel, Travel Writing, and Old Age

Robin Jarvis

living. A different, perhaps more cynical, perspective on the older traveler might be drawn from social gerontology. The concept of the Third Age, as theorized by Peter Laslett and others, posits a post-retirement life stage characterized by personal

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Elizabeth J. McLean, Kazuki Yamada, and Cameron Giles

sexual “transform[ation]” and “becoming”? (13) Gallop's challenging conclusion, rooted in feminist-psychoanalytic methodologies and drawn across queer, crip, and gerontological theory, is undoubtedly about time: she urges us to recognize how modern

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Henglien Lisa Chen and David Orr

and hands-on tech care) alongside theoretical and conceptual analysis and discussion (co-designed technology with older people and the process of normalisation and system-level change in home telehealth). This part, for this gerontological social work

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Home and Away

Place Appreciation and Purposeful Relocation in Later Life

Neil Thin

and draw significance from the landscapes in which they live’ ( 1996: 205 ). In a more recent collection of essays on rural ageing, a combination of ‘human ecology’ with ‘critical gerontology’ is proposed as a way of ensuring that planners go beyond

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In Pursuit of Masculinity

On Aging Bodies, Migration and Youthful Masculinities

Usman Mahar

.” Rowe and Kahn's views on aging were widely propagated by the McArthur Foundation and soon became the canon for the gerontological community in the United States and Western Europe ( Calasanti and King 2017 ). Success according to this model of aging can

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“I am a dead woman”

Embodying and resisting dependency among women living with HIV in Papua New Guinea

Holly Wardlow

/AIDS pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa .” Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology 23 ( 2 ): 131 – 145 . https://doi.org/10.1007/s10823-007-9054-2 10.1007/s10823-007-9054-2 Chazan , May . 2008 . “ Seven ‘deadly’ assumptions: Unravelling the implications of

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Familial Intimacy and the ‘Thing’ between Us

Cuddle Curtains and Desires for Detached Relationality in Germany, Austria and Switzerland

Andreas Streinzer, Almut Poppinga, Carolin Zieringer, Anna Wanka, and Georg Marx

Pandemic: Avoiding Ageism and Fostering Intergenerational Solidarity ’, The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences , doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbaa051 . BesD (Berufsverband erotische und sexuelle Dienstleistungen

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Singing with Dignity

Adding Social Quality to Organization Studies on Aging

Prabhir Vishnu Poruthiyil

Quality 6 ( 1 ): 27 – 49 10.3167/146179106780246558 Janke , M. , and A. Davey . 2006 . “ Implications of Selective Optimization with Compensation on the Physical, Formal and Informal Leisure Patterns of Adults .” Indian Journal of Gerontology