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Aging and Identity: A Dialogue with PostmodernismViewing aging and identity through the critical lens of both contemporary gerontology theory and postmodernist concepts, the contributing scholars examine a vast range of issues: from disability to clothing; from aging, health and education to social philosophies and meanings of aging; and from auto-ethnographic methodologies to rethinking postmodern theories of aging. These rich examples demonstrate that traditional biomedical models of aging can no longer give universal and totalising views of aging. The key issue of the book is to point to the varied social and cultural representations and experiences of aging and identity formation. The book celebrates the diversity of older people, challenging the bio-medical equation of 'aging as decline' with exciting and alternative theorizations from postmodern gerontology. Further, a postmodern approach helps to debunk and shatter fixed and limited perceptions of aging by advocating an alternative expression of aging; the conceptual and theoretical focus on aging identity illuminates the self is fluid, changeable and dynamic. This book engages social theory with aging identity by analysing the challenges and opportunities afforded to older people in the ‘contemporary age of aging’.
Kuresel Yaslanma: Egilimler, Sorunlar ve KarsilastirmalarThe representations and images of older people in Asia have increasingly become important in both the discipline and practice of social science (Chen and Powell 2012). Indeed, social policy based on old age appears to be moving from its traditional concern with ‘public issues’ in Asia to the question of how aging is socially perceived and experienced by individual social actors related to consumerism on the one hand, and populational control on the other (Powell and Cook, 2000). Aging identities have been grounded in policy discourses and professions of health and social care and the institutionalisation of state care policy in China (Cook and Powell, 2005a). However, a perceived corrosion of these structures has led to an interiorisation of the ground upon which a viable aging identity can be constructed. There are two key issues that are important in exploring the relationship between personal experiences of aging and policy discourse.