Understanding Communication and Aging: Developing Knowledge and Awareness
Publication Year: 2007
"This interesting, easy-to-read book provides a comprehensive framework for considering communication and aging in the context of biology, sociology, and psychology. This thought provoking book is strongly anti-ageist. It could serve as a broad overview for anyone interested in the myriad of issues related to communication and aging." —CHOICE“Understanding Communication and Aging achieves a nice balance between the facts of growing old, the social forces that shape that process, and the communication factors that connect these two domains. With attention to both research and everyday applications, the text is thorough and inviting. I am delighted that a user-friendly, undergraduate text has finally been produced in the field of communication and aging. This book deserves to be an instant and sustained success.”—Sandra Metts, Illinois State UniversityCovers ...
- Front Matter
- Back Matter
- Subject Index
- Chapter 3: Stereotypes and Attitudes about Aging and Intergenerational Communication
- Chapter 4: Aging, Identity, Attitudes, and Intergenerational Communication
- Chapter 5: Intragenerational Relationships in Older Adulthood
- Chapter 6: Intergenerational Relationships in Older Adulthood
- Chapter 7: Enhancing Communication with Older Adults
- Chapter 8: Mass Communication Portrayals of Older Adults
- Chapter 9: Uses and Effects of Media
- Chapter 10: Culture, Communication, and Aging
Part V: Conclusion
[Page ii]This book is dedicated to Jean and Tony Harwood.
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1. Aging. 2. Older people—Health and hygiene. 3. Older people—Communication. 4. Interpersonal communication. 5. Intergenerational communication. 6. Old age—Social aspects. I. Title.
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Work with many mentors, collaborators, and students has contributed immensely to the development of this book. In many cases these are also personal friends, so I trust they'll forgive me for using (hopefully not stealing!) their good ideas. Thanks are due to Howie Giles, Mary Lee Hummert, Nikolas Coupland, Jon Nussbaum, Ellen Ryan, Justine Coupland, Jordan Soliz, Yan Bing Zhang, Karen Anderson, Mei-Chen Lin, Priya Raman, Angie Williams, Miles Hewstone, Tito Roy, Lisa Sparks, Jaye Atkinson, Loretta Pecchioni, Cindy Gallois, Hiroshi Ota, Sik Hung Ng, Richard Clément, Richard Bourhis, and undoubtedly many others. I owe a particular debt to Howie, Jon, Ellen, Mary Lee, Nik, and Justine who as (relatively!) senior scholars were endlessly supportive of my interest in communication and aging when I was very early in my career. I thank those who reviewed chapters from the book: Jaye L. Atkinson (Georgia State University), Jo Anna Grant (California State University, San Bernardino), Sherry J. Holladay (Eastern Illinois University), Judith K. Litterst (St. Cloud State University), Sandra Metts (Illinois State University), Loretta L. Pecchioni (Louisiana State University), Jim L. Query, Jr. (University of Houston), Lisa Sparks (Chapman University), and Janelle D. Voegele (Portland State University). The feedback was uniformly constructive and incredibly useful. Mei-Chen Lin also provided invaluable feedback on Chapter 10. I also thank those who contributed to the book by writing their personal narratives—they're a great addition, and I appreciate the time put [Page xiv]into them. I am indebted to the team at Sage, particularly Todd Armstrong who persuaded me to begin the project and then shepherded me through the obstacle course of book writing with a permanently encouraging tone. I thank my colleagues at the University of Arizona who provide a great working environment, as well as my former colleagues at the University of Kansas and the University of California, Santa Barbara, who did likewise. Everyone involved in the National Communication Association's “Communication and Aging Division” also deserves mention: The division has served as a wonderful resource and meeting place for people with an interest in the issues addressed in this book. Finally, thanks are due to Lori, Chloe, and Jonah who help me understand more about family relationships and human development than any book ever could.
I wonder if age, in fact, may offer the opportunity to develop values and abilities, for each of us and for society, that are not visible or fully realized in youth.—Betty Friedan, The Fountain of Age[Page xvi]
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Jake Harwood (Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara) is Professor of Communication and former director of the Graduate Program in Gerontology at the University of Arizona. His research focuses on communication and aging. He is interested in the ways in which cognitive (e.g., stereotypes) and societal (e.g., mass media) representations of age groups relate to communication processes. His research draws on theories of social identity, intergroup behavior, and communication accommodation. He is the coeditor of Intergroup Communication: Multiple Perspectives (2005) and has published over 50 articles in professional journals. His recent publications have appeared in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Journal of Communication, Communication Monographs, and Human Communication Research. He currently serves as the editor of Human Communication Research and is book review editor for the Journal of Language and Social Psychology. In 2004 he was the recipient of the National Communication Association's Giles/Nussbaum Distinguished Scholar Award for outstanding teaching, scholarship, and service to the field of communication and aging. Dr. Harwood taught at the University of Kansas before moving to the University of Arizona.