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Aging Studies

A publication series of the Center for Inter-American Studies

Series Editors: Heike Hartung, Ulla Kriebernegg, and Roberta Maierhofer

 

Living and aging as a productive antagonism. Aging and growing older are processes which cannot be reduced to the chronology of years but which are shaped by the individual's interaction with the changing circumstances of life.

 

Publisher: transcript Verlag
Language: English

 

Volume 5: Alive and Kicking at All Ages: Cultural Constructions of Health and Life Course Identity

Edited by Ulla Kriebernegg, Roberta Maierhofer and Barbara Ratzenboeck

 

Pages: 324
Year of Publication: April 2014
ISBN: 978-3-8376-2582-0

 

Similar to the issue of health that can both be literal and metaphorical, personal and public, human and environmental, age and aging are concepts that are understood according to time, circumstances and disciplinary approach. In this volume, we are asking for papers that investigate the topic of health within the matrix of time and experience. This cultural ambiguity of aging enables an analysis of social functions of images as a basis for interdisciplinary exchange.

Contributions focus on the relationship between living and aging as a productive antagonism, which focus on the interplay between continuity and change as a marker of life course identity:

  • What role does the notion of health play in this interaction?
  • How does our understanding of health influence our notion of agency within a subversive deconstruction of normative age concepts?
  • How can negative images of old age as physical decrepitude and disease be deconstructed?
  • Depictions of appreciation of life even in the oldest age as form of "successful frailty".

Volume 4: Aged Young Adults. Age Readings of Contemporary American Novels and Films

Edited by Anita Wohlmann

Pages: ca. 280
Year of Publication: January 2014
ISBN: 978-3-8376-2483-0

 

When Toula's father in »My Big Fat Greek Wedding« says to his daughter (age 30) »you look so old« or when Don DeLillo's protagonist (age 28) »feels old« in »Cosmopolis«, these young characters are attributed an age awareness that has received little attention in age studies so far. Leaving aside chronological or biological dimensions of age, this study approaches age as a metaphoric practice, suggesting that »feeling old« is not to be taken literally but metaphorically. The book examines the cultural meanings of age and aging and challenges often-quoted labels such as late-coming-of-age story or perpetual adolescence.

Volume 3: “The Ages of Life”: Living and Aging in Conflict?

Edited by Ulla Kriebernegg und Roberta Maierhofer

 

Pages: 256
Year of Publication: 2013
ISBN: 978-3-8376-2212-6

The binary construction of »young« and »old«, which is based on a biogerontological model of aging as decline, can be redefined as the ambiguity of aging from a cultural studies perspective. This concept enables an analysis of the social functions of images of aging with the aim of providing a basis for interdisciplinary exchange on gerontological research.

The articles in this publication conceive the relationship between living and aging as a productive antagonism which focuses on the interplay between continuity and change as a marker of life course identity: aging and growing older are processes which cannot be reduced to the chronology of years but which are shaped by the individual's interaction with the changing circumstances of life.

 

Keywords: Age, Aging, Life Course, Identity, Cultural Gerontology, Concepts of Time, Gender

Volume 2: Aging, Performance, and Stardom: Doing Age on the Stage of Consumerist Culture

Edited by Aagje Swinnen und John A Stotesbury

 

Pages: 208
Year of Publication: 2012
Publisher: LIT Verlag
ISBN: 978-3-643-90176-7

 

In aging studies, age, like other salient markers of identity, is defined not in terms of being but of doing. One adjusts automatically to the implicit norms of age-appropriate behavior that structure everyday life. In Western culture, these norms install a hierarchical dichotomy between the young and the old - the latter still getting the worst of it.

This second volume in the Aging Studies series focuses on questions concerning the ways in which actors and socialites perform aging on the stage of consumerist culture. How do celebrities, whose star personae are ultimately connected with the prime of their lives, cope with the aging process? Which public practices invite subtle adjustment of age scripts that focus on the decline of physical strength and attractiveness as the years pass?

Volume 1: Narratives of Life: Mediating Age

Edited by: Heike Hartung und Roberta Maierhofer

Pages: 208
Year of Publication: 2008
Publisher: LIT Verlag
ISBN: 978-3-8258-1229-4

 

The prospect of increasing longevity has turned aging and old age into a topic of concern in Western societies. The discourse of age and the proliferation of narrative in contemporary media culture both transgress disciplinary boundaries. Addressing the "narratives of life" from different disciplinary angles this volume aims to explore the scope of a narrative gerontology. Aging and the stories that are told about it or from within are transnational and transcultural phenomena. While aging is thus a universal process, attention is also drawn to the categories of difference.

Contact

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Phone:+43 (0)316 380 - 8213
Fax:+43 (0)316 380 - 9767

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