“With great rigour, yet an enviable lightness of touch, Susan Pickard has written an engaging and accessible book that students will love.” – Rosaline Gill, City University London “A scholarly tour de force that brings into focus the various disciplines, histories, literatures and knowledges that have transformed us into modern subjects of age.” – Stephen Katz, Trent University Age Studies takes an invigorating approach to the study of age and ageing in contemporary society. Encompassing ageing throughout the life course, taking in childhood, adolescence, mid-life and older age, and situated explicitly within a sociological disciplinary framework, Age Studies:  • Explores current social science debates on the study of ageing linking these to core sociological concepts.  • Links theory and application, using a variety of examples and international case studies  • Includes chapter summaries, further reading and guided questions. A thought-provoking companion to advanced undergraduates and postgraduate student studying ageing, older people, social gerontology and related courses.

Telling Our Own Stories: Developing Age Consciousness and Authentic Age Identities

Telling Our Own Stories: Developing Age Consciousness and Authentic Age Identities

Background: age ideology, my grandmother and I

In the first chapter I suggested that my own interest in age studies developed from my relationship with my grandmother. One of the powerful things it introduced for me was the knowledge of contradiction between my lived experience and the explanatory models I possessed. An example is the way that very early on in life I learned to associate age with fragility, vulnerability, decline and illness. Although Nana demonstrated all the signs of impressive physical robustness – she was digging her own flowerbeds at the age of eighty and carrying a full coalscuttle in from the shed ...

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