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Gateways to humanistic gerontology

Ronald J. Manheimer

in Valuing older people

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9781847422927
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304173 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847422927.003.0018
Gateways to humanistic gerontology

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This summary chapter suggests that there is no cultural consensus about the one right way to grow old. If ageing and later life is a matter of social construction, but there are no certified architects, then it is each person for themselves. The role of the academic humanist in stalking the elusive older person is precisely to loosen the bounds of prejudice and two-dimensional thinking. The humanist, in the postmodern era, lauds the multiple meanings, values, and pathways of the neo-elderly. The goal of this book is to demonstrate how humanists and the humanities can unite what has been rendered asunder by the fragmenting influence of highly specialised, compartmentalising scientific enterprises, with their unique nomenclatures and guild-approved methodologies.

Keywords: ageing; later life; social construction; humanities; neo-elderly; humanists; scientific enterprise

Chapter.  2449 words. 

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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