Unmasking age

Bill Bytheway

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9781847426185
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304128 | DOI:
Unmasking age

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What is age? This is a simple question but it is not easy to answer. This book addresses this important question using data from a series of research projects relating to later life. The study considers in detail how people age, what they say about how they look and what they think, how they spend their time and how they measure it, what they choose to do and what to avoid, and how they value experiences, positively or negatively. It explores ways of capturing the lived experience of life at different ages. The author argues that, in order to ‘unmask age’, the focus of gerontological theory should shift from ‘being old’ to growing older over time and how people are divided by age. This book is supplemented by material from a range of other sources including diaries and fiction.

Keywords: experiences; time; thought; age; later life; gerontological theory

Book.  256 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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