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Knowledge, Practice, and the Bad Family

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/9780520083967.003.0004
Knowledge, Practice, and the Bad Family

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This chapter discusses gerentological objects, aging in India, internationalist science, free radical exchange, and the old age home. It notes that the strength of the Indian contingent was indicative of the growth of social gerontology in India. To approach the construction of the senile body in Varanasi, it examines Indian gerontological practice and some of its discursive and political milieus, to place the relation between the senile body and the structure of the family within the ongoing production of the taken-for-granted. The problem of aging is taken as an originating point. It is assumed, not demonstrated.

Keywords: gerontology; aging; India; free radical exchange; old age home; Varanasi

Chapter.  17632 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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