Stories of Ageing (Rethinking Ageing)

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"Mike Hepworth appears to have read every British novel from the last quarter century that is worth reading about old people (or not so old people) and he has percipiently focused on what matters in each of them. On many of the debates that stir Age Studies (are cyborgs the answer to physical decline? Can selfhood survive dementia? What exactly is the use of reading about old age?) he has thought long and written pithily. On social construction, for instance, he writes, 'Society always comes first. And yet...the body also always comes first.' Reading fiction and Age Studies together, through generous quotations, Hepworth gently refreshes both."
- Margaret Morganroth Gullette, author of Declining To Decline and (forthcoming) The New Time Machines: Practising Age Studies

* How is ageing represented in popular fiction?
* What is the role of the imagination in making sense of growing older?
* Do the ideas and images in popular fiction correspond or relate to ideas and images of ageing found in social gerontology?
This innovative book reflects the growing interest within gerontology in fictional representations of older age. It is about stories of ageing - full-length novels with central characters who are in the later part of life (50+) and experiencing the process of ageing as they move into older age. The book draws on symbolic interactionism for its main themes and centres around popular fiction that is widely read and easily available. Ranging from Agatha Christie through to Penelope Lively and Joanna Trollope, it shows how the novel can be a useful source of information about ways we all make sense of growing old. It looks at characters' personal experience of ageing, and the tensions between this and social attitudes towards them. These interactions are very difficult to research using conventional techniques of social investigation and readers are encouraged to explore their own selection of novels for other examples of meanings attached to the ageing process.

Stories of Ageing is engaging and accessible in ways rarely evident in existing literary gerontology. The aim is to enthuse readers to compare their own interpretations of the stories with stories of others, and thus to relate fictions of ageing to their own experience and to the work of social gerontologists. As a book combining sociological analysis, literature and a gerontological agenda, it is the first in its field. It opens up fiction as a resource for anyone interested in the process of growing old and is essential reading for all students, researchers and practitioners in the field.

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Stories of Ageing Reflects the interest within gerontology in fictional representations of older age. This book is about stories of ageing and experiencing the process of ageing. It draws on symbolic interactionism for its main themes and centres around fiction. It shows how novels can be sources of information about ways we make sense of growing old. Full description

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Mike Hepworth is Reader in Sociology at the University of Aberdeen. He has carried out extensive research into images of ageing (visual and literary) and has published widely in this field. He is a member of the British Society of Gerontology, Age Concern Scotland and the Association for Education and Ageing and a founder editor of Theory, Culture and Society and Body of Society.

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