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Introduction

Lawrence Cohen

in No Aging in India

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 1998 | ISBN: 9780520083967
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520925328 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520083967.003.0001
Introduction

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This chapter introduces senility, dementia, hot brain, sixtyishess, Alzheimer's disease, dotage, weakness, enchantment, and other states. It notes that this book is about the language of behavioral inappropriateness and the practices of exclusion that come to encompass the lived experience of many old people. It is about the structures—bodies, generations, households, neighborhoods, neurons, classes, and cultures—that mediate and sustain the relationship between experience, significance, and practice. It is ultimately about the differences between bodies that explode efforts to ground an analysis in any of these frames—biological, political, or cultural—without rethinking the relationships between them.

Keywords: senility; dementia; Alzheimer's disease; old people

Chapter.  6387 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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