The Cultural Context of Aging: Worldwide Perspectives, 4th Edition

  • Jay Sokolovsky
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  • ISBN-10: 1440852022
  • ISBN-13: 9781440852022
  • DDC: 305.26
  • 762 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2020 | Published/Released September 2020
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2020

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In this edition of an award-winning text on the consequences of global aging, a team of expert anthropologists and other social scientists presents the issues and possible solutions as our population over age 60 rises to double that of the year 2000. Chapters describe how the consequences of global aging will influence life in the 21st century in relation to biological limits on the human life span, cultural construction of the life cycle, generational exchange and kinship, makeup of households and community, and attitudes toward disability and death. This completely revised edition includes new chapters covering China, Japan, Denmark, India, West and East Africa, Indonesia, Mexico, Peru, indigenous Amazonia, rural Italy, and the ethnic landscape of the United States. A popular feature is an integrated set of web book chapters listed in the contents, discussed in chapter introductions, and available on the book's website.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Introduction: A 21st-Century Global Perspective on Aging and Human Maturity in Cultural Context.
A Global Vision of Aging, Culture, and Context.
1: Introduction.
2: Global Aging in the New Millennium.
3: Web Book: Complaint Discourse, Aging, and Caregiving Among the Ju'hoansi of Botswana—With 2018 Update.
4: Web Book: Beyond the Grandmother Hypothesis: Evolutionary Models of Human Longevity.
5: “You Don't Have to Act or Feel Old”: Successful Aging as a U.S. Cultural Project.
6: Web Book: Culture and the Meaning of a Good Old Age.
7: Web Book: From Successful Aging to Conscious Aging.
8: Web Book: Menopause: A BioCultural Event.
9: Trans(gender)/Gender-Diverse Aging.
10: Web Book: Is Killing Necessarily Murder?: Moral Questions Surrounding Assisted Suicide and Death.
The Life Course and Intergenerational Ties in Cultural and Global Context.
11: Introduction.
12: Aging and Society in the New Life Course.
13: Ethnography, Technology Design, and the Future of “Aging in Place”.
14: Imagining Institutional Care, Practicing Domestic Care: Inscriptions around Aging in Southern Ghana.
15: Eldersourcing and Reconceiving Work as Care: Lessons from Retirement on the Line.
16: Web Book Photo Essay: Curriculum Vitae: A Photographic Essay of Elderly Urban Workers from Peru.
17: Web Book: Images of Aging: Cultural Representations of Later Life.
18: Web Book: Intergenerational Sites: New Trends in Urban Planning, Global Trends, and Good Practices from the United States and Beyond.
19: Web Book: Global Perspectives on Widowhood and Aging.
20: Web Book: Grandparenting Styles: The Contemporary Native American Experience.
Aging, Globalization, and Societal Transformation.
21: Introduction.
22: Web Book: Aging and the Age of Globalization.
23: Communities of Care and Zones of Abandonment in “Super-Aged” Japan.
24: Narrating the Future: The Demographic Imaginary in an Aging Thailand.
25: Globalizing Late Life in China and Realigning the State, Family, and Market Interests for Eldercare.
26: Web Book: “One to One and “Five by One:The Senior Companions Program in China.
27: Indigenous Mexican Elders Engage the 21st Century.
28: Aging after Socialism: Global Capitalism, Social Transformation, and Retirement in Romania.
Cultural Diversity and the Ethnic Dimension in Aging: Culture, Context, and Creativity.
29: Introduction.
30: Migrant Elders and the Limits of Family Support in a Globalizing World.
31: Detroit African Americans Fishing for Food and Heritage: Threats from Factory Toxins.
32: Web Book: Fare Insieme: Making and Doing Things Together in Milan.
33: “Demasiado Fuerte” (Too Tough): Puerto Rican Great-Grandmothers Discuss Familismo and Grandmothering in the U.S. Mainland.
34: Ancestral Landscapes of Culture: Ethnicity and Cemeteries in England.
35: Web Book: Battling a New Epidemic: American Indian Elders and Diabetes Linda Carson.
36: Web Book: Losing, Using, and Crafting Spaces for Aging: Muslim Iranian Americans in California's Santa Clara Valley.
37: Web Book: Aging in Exile: Family Support and Emotional Well-Being among Older Cuban Immigrants in the United States.
38: Web Book: Age of Wisdom: Elderly Black Women in Family and Church.
Age-Friendly Communities, Kinscripts, Families, and Elderscapes: Transforming Cultural Spaces for Aging.
39: Introduction.
40: Web Book: The Structural Vulnerability of Older People in a Matrilineal Society: The Minangkabau of West Sumatra, Indonesia.
41: Old People Everywhere: The Future of Age-Friendly Communities.
42: Web Book Photo Essay: Working Together Across Generations: An Experiment in Open Space Design.
43: Web Book: Growing Older in World Cities: Benefits and Burdens.
44: Old Age Homes, Love, and Other New Cultures of Aging in Middle-Class India.
45: Gray as Green: Civic Ecology, Community Gardens, and Elders Seeking Healing and Community.
46: Web Book: Spaces of Age—About the Elderscapes of Charlotte County, Florida.
47: Web Book: An Organization for the Elderly, by the Elderly: A Senior Center in the United States.
48: Web Book Photo Essay: “Where Are the Bones in Their Noses?”: Community Aged in North American RV Camps and in Papua New Guinea.
The Quest for Gerontopia: Culture and Health in Late Life.
49: Introduction.
50: Beyond the Blue Zones: Insights from the Okinawa Centenarian Study.
51: The New Frontier of Robotics in the Lives of Elders: Perspectives from Japan and Europe.
52: “Train Yourself Free”: How Elderly Citizens Exercise Freedom of Choice in the Danish State.
53: Web Book Photo Essay: Female Mutual Support in Kyoto and Kampala.
54: Web Book: Keeping the Elderly Alive: Global Entanglements and Embodied Practices in Long-Term Care in Southeast Italy.
55: Triangles of Care in Transnational Spaces of Aging: Social Engagements between Urban Tanzania, Oman, and the United States.
56: The Extended Body: On Aging, Disability, and Well-Being.
57: Web Book Photo Essay: “Differently Young” and “Non Autosufficienti” Managing Old-Age Stigma in a Senior Center.
58: Web Book: Heroic Stories of Dementia Care: Grandchildren as Caregivers and Fallacies of Care.
59: Web Book: Beyond the Institution: Dementia Care and the Promise of the Green House Project.
60: Web Book: The Future of Aging in Postindustrial Context.
61: Web Book: Between Humans and Ghosts: The Decrepit Elderly in a Polynesian Society.
About the Editor and Contributors.