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Author Hazan, Haim.

Title Old age : constructions and deconstructions / Haim Hazan.

Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1994.

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Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  305.26 HAZA    AVAILABLE
Physical description xi, 126 p. ; 24 cm.
Series Themes in the social sciences
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 107-121) and index.
Contents Introduction: towards knowledge of old age -- Ethnographic reflection: touching upon experience -- Pt. I. Representations of Ageing: Languages About Old Age. 1. The social trap: the language of separation. 2. The cultural trap: the language of images. 3. The personal trap: the language of self-presentation -- Ethnographic reflection: practices of separation. 4. The theoretical trap: the missing language -- Pt. II. Presentations of Ageing: Languages of the Old. 5. Control: the social boundaries of age. 6. Meaning: the cultural boundaries of life. 7. Another universe: time, space, and self -- Ethnographic reflection: the limbo state -- Conclusions: the nature of knowledge about ageing -- Ethnographic reflection: the aged as a symbolic type.
Summary Haim Hazan is a leading specialist on old age in anthropology, and he has published several monographs on particular communities of old people. The present book is a general essay on the realities of old age, as it is experienced, as opposed to the ideas about the old current in western societies. It argues that the construction of this world by outsiders is inevitably affected by deeply ingrained social attitudes and structures, such as the spatial segregation of the aged as a category, and the fear of death with which they are associated. By approaching the subject from a social constructionist perspective, and drawing on a variety of detailed ethnographic accounts of the old, the author describes a unique and nuanced social world. This is a sophisticated and original book, which should have a significant impact on a field still dominated by a 'social problems' approach.
Subject Older people.
Old age.
ISBN 0521447488 (pbk.)
0521442400 (hc.)