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Cultural Aging


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Acknowledgements Introduction Part One: Aging, Life Course, and The Cultural Politics of Expertise Chapter 1: Imagining the Life Span: From Premodern Miracles to Postmodern Fantasies Chapter 2: Charcot's Older Women: Bodies of Knowledge at the Interface of Aging Studies and Women's Studies Chapter 3: The Government of Detail: The Case of Social Policy on Aging, Stephen Katz and Bryan Green Chapter 4: Reflections on the Gerontological Handbook Chapter 5: Critical Gerontological Theory: Intellectual Fieldwork and the Nomadic Life of Ideas Chapter 6: Creativity Across the Life Course? Titian, Michelangelo, and Older Artist Narratives, Stephen Katz and Erin Campbell Part Two: Lifestyle and the Fashioning of Senior Worlds Chapter 7: Busy Bodies: Activity, Aging, and the Management of Everyday Life Chapter 8: Exemplars of Retirement: Identity and Agency Between Lifestyle and Social Movement, Stephen Katz and Debbie Laliberte-Rudman Chapter 9: Forever Functional: Sexual Fitness and the Aging Male Body, Barbara L. Marshall and Stephen Katz Chapter 10: Growing Older Without Aging? Postmodern Time and Senior Markets Chapter 11: Spaces of Age, Snowbirds, and the Gerontology of Mobility: The Elderscapes of Charlotte County, Florida Afterword: Aging Together References Index

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With this collection of imaginative, wide-ranging essays, Stephen Katz secures his place as his generation's foremost proponent of cultural aging. The volume recasts issues in gerontology through the lens of contemporary theories in the humanities and social sciences, as it raises new questions. -- W. Andrew Achenbaum, University of Houston Stephen Katz opens our eyes to the exhilarating possibilities for the aging experience. His analytic lenses touch on issues of governmentality, identity, agency, embodiment, gender, and sexuality. Katz tells us what we need to know to see through commodified formulations of the later years-that a critical curiosity serves to construct an unending panorama of worlds both for those who are old and those who have just begun the journey. It's quite a contribution. -- Jay Gubrium, University of Missouri

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Stephen Katz is a Professor of Sociology at Trent Unversity in Peterborough, Ontario. He is the author of Disciplining Old Age: The Formation of Gerontological Knowledge, 1996. He has written widely on issues of aging and gerontology.


"With this collection of imaginative, wide-ranging essays, Stephen Katz secures his place as his generation's foremost proponent of cultural aging." - W. Andrew Achenbaum, University of Houston

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