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Learning to be old [electronic resource] : gender, culture, and aging / Margaret Cruikshank.

Author/Creator:
Cruikshank, Margaret.
Publication:
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., c2013.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (297 p.)
Edition:
3rd ed.
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Subjects:
Aging -- Psychology -- United States.
Older people -- United States.
Aging -- United States.
Social values -- United States.
Social status -- United States.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
Margaret Cruikshank's Learning to Be Old examines what it means to grow old in America today. The book questions social myths and fears about aging, sickness and the other social roles of the elderly, the over-medicalization of many older people, and ageism.
Contents:
Cultural myths and aging
Fear of an aging population
Sickness and other social roles of old people
Overmedicating old Americans
Healthy physical aging
The politics of healthy aging
Class, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender
Ageism
Countercultural gerontology
A feminist's view of gerontology and women's aging.
Notes:
Description based upon print version of record.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
1-299-14002-5
1-4422-1366-3
OCLC:
301745284