Beyond dialogue: entering the fourth space in old age

Haim Hazan

in Valuing older people

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9781847422927
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304173 | DOI:
Beyond dialogue: entering the fourth space in old age

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The idea of an ethnographic field as the origin of anthropological wisdom is stipulated by the coexistence of self and other in a shared dialogical frontier of betweenness whose possible discursive permutations might engender four types of translation potentialities. These four types of fields, characterised by self-reflection, direct negotiation, mediation, and incommunicability, suggest four respective epistemological spaces for mapping out the contours of the anthropological enterprise of constructing the limits of what is knowable. This chapter provides a brief conceptual framework expounding the relevance to the argument of the case of comprehending old age as a bridge between methodological concerns with dialogical impasses, which brings us to the confines of the fourth space in the fourth age. It ends with a warning from an Israeli study that people should not impose one's own hopes and expectations on people nearing the ends of their lives.

Keywords: ethnographic field; anthropological wisdom; fourth space; fourth age; dialogical impasse

Chapter.  6297 words. 

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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