Ageing

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Edited by: Susan A. McDaniel

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    • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd |
    • Publication Year: 2008 |
    • Online Publication Date: January 15, 2013 |
    • DOI: 10.4135/9781446260814 |
    • Print ISBN: 9781412935586 |
    • Online ISBN: 9781446260814 |
    • Series: Key Issues for the Twenty-First Century |
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Abstract

All human societies in all times have been in search of that magic elixir that would keep death at bay. Therefore, the study of ageing is both as old as human life and relatively new. Most all societies have developed senses of when their members become old, but there exist very different schemes by which ageing is determined. This carefully selected four-volume set, compiled by Susan A. McDaniel an expert in the field for more than twenty-five years, looks at ageing through the lenses of anthropology, sociology, feminism and cultural studies, amongst others.

Volume 1 reviews the origins, theories and practical concerns of gerontology and examines the ideas of several contemporary thinkers.

Volume 2 considers the forms and practices that ageing take on in societies today as ...

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  • Editor's Introduction: Ageing Masterwork
    SusanA.McDaniel

    The study of ageing is both as old as human life itself and relatively new. The subject has deep roots in human thought since virtually all individuals as well as human societies from the beginning of human history have wanted to extend life and find the magic elixir that would keep death at bay enabling people to live long lives. In that search, much has been discovered about the highly complex processes, both biological and social, involved in ageing. And still more questions have arisen about what is changing with respect to ageing over time, how ageing differs as a social experiences in different cultures and policy regimes, how processes related to ageing can be more clearly seen and identified, how ...

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