Beyond Stereotypes 3
Jaber F. Gubrium and James A. Holstein
Part I Persistence 11
1 Narratives of Forgiveness in Old Age 13
Helen K. Black
2 Elderhood in Contemporary Lakota Society 36
3 Claiming Identity in a Nursing Home 58
Debora A. Patemiti
Part II Adaptation 75
4 Three Childless Men’s Pathways into Old Age 77
5 Constructing Community from Troubles 96
Christopher A. Faircloth
6 Family Lives of Aging Black Americans 111
Colleen L. Johnson and Barbara M. Barer
Part Ill Change 133
7 Aging and Change in a Religious Community 135
8 Identity Careers of Older Gay Men and Lesbians 160
9 Expectations and Experiences of Widowhood 182
Deborah Kestin van den Hoonaard
10 Positive Aging 203
Mary Gergen and Kenneth J. Gergen
‘Ways of Aging demonstrates that environment is key to unraveling the diversity found among the aged. Gubrium and Holstein are unmistakable: aging is a coat of many colors; variety is the order of the day. A close reading of Ways of Aging will put to rest the very notion that there are ‘norms’ of aging. This book helps us understand how people create the scripts they live by, through narrative accounts.’ Joe Hendricks, Oregon State University
- Collects ten original essays on the aging experience, written by prominent social gerontologists.
- Highlights diverse ways of growing and being older.
- Offers detailed portraits of a broad range of experiences, including those of the homeless, the retirement community, sexual nonconformists, and the disabled.
- Addresses stereotypes of the aging process and provides diverse examples of individual experiences.