Contesting Aging and Loss

Contesting Aging and Loss

by Janice Graham, Peter Stephenson

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Disease and death are a part of life, but so too is being well. The lively voices found in this book are not shy about stating the ways in which the widely held notion that they are in decline has been a far larger problem than many other features of their lives. For students, scholars, and policy makers, the message is to attend to these voices, and to design and build better programs that address the social determinants of healthy aging and social inclusion throughout the life course.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442604100
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division
Publication date: 04/26/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Janice E. Graham is Professor and Canada Research Chair in Bioethics and Director of the Qualitative Research Commons & Studio (QuRCS) in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Peter H. Stephenson is a Michael Smith Foundation Research Associate at the Centre on Aging, Professor of Anthropology, and Director of the School of Environmental Studies, University of Victoria, British Columbia.

Table of Contents


Introduction: The Experience of Loss and the Range of Contestation, Janice E. Graham and Peter H. Stephenson

Part I. Overview: Paradigms and Perspectives

1. Age and Time: Contesting the Paradigm of Loss in the Age of Novelty, Peter H. Stephenson

Part II. Local Understanding and Knowledge about Aging: How Seniors See It

2. Losing and Gaining: About Growing Old "Successfully" in the Netherlands, Margaret von Faber and Sjaak van der Geest

3. Empowering Knowledge and Practices of Namaqualand Elders, Robin Oakley

4. La Buona Vecchiaia: Aging and Well-Being among Italian Canadians, Sam Migliore and Margaret Dorazio-Migliore

Part III. Illness, Indignity, and Stigmatization

5. Drunks, Bums, and Deadbeats? A Biographical Perspective on Gender, Aging, and the Inequalities of Men, Cherry Russell

6. Dignity and Loss: Implications for Seniors' Health in Hospitalization Narratives, Christina Holmes and Peter H. Stephenson

Part IV. Embodiments and Disembodiments

7. Embodied Selfhood: Ethnographic Reflections, Performing Ethnography, and Humanizing Dementia Care, Pia C. Kontos

8. The Science, Politics, and Everyday Life of Recognizing Effective Treatments for Dementia, Janice E. Graham

Part V. Practices and Policies

9. "Them" are "Us": Building Appropriate Policies from Fieldwork to Practice, Janice E. Graham

Appendix: Important Web Resources for Students and Researchers

Notes on Contributors


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