Ricca Edmondson and Hans-Joachim von Kondratowitz

in Valuing older people

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9781847422927
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304173 | DOI:

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Humanistic enquiries interrogate the relations between human meanings and purposes, and the circumstances – historical, political, and economic – that enable or constrain them. A primary aim in this collection is to explore a diversity of aspects of ageing while guided by the need to understand the people at the centre of enquiry, with their values and purposes. If ageing is to involve a process of continual negotiation about ways in which capacities and world views are bound together, this negotiation needs to be shaped by humanistic standards. The chapters in the collection emphasise the complexity and creative potential of people in later stages of the life course. They highlight some of the forces with which they must contend and explore some of the ways in which older people can confront religion, spirituality, and the attribution of meaning to their life courses in much more complex, critical, and independent ways than is expected.

Keywords: humanistic enquiries; ageing; humanistic standards; life courses; religion

Chapter.  9364 words. 

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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