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Author Cole, Thomas R., 1949-

Title The journey of life : a cultural history of aging in America / Thomas R. Cole.

Publication Info. Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1992.


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 University of Saint Joseph: Pope Pius XII Library - Standard Shelving Location  305.26 C689J    Check Shelf
Description xxxv, 260 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Pt. 1. The Ages of Life and the Journey of Life: Transcendent Ideals. 1. Aging in the Western tradition: cultural origins of the modern life course. 2. The aging pilgrim's progress in the New World. 3. "Death without order": the late Calvinist ideal of aging -- Pt. 2. The Dualism of Aging in Victorian America. 4. Antebellum revivals and Victorian morals: the ideological origins of ageism. 5. Popular health reform and the legitimation of longevity, 1830-1870. 6. Aging, popular art, and Romantic religion in mid-Victorian culture. 7. In a different voice: self-help and the ideal of "civilized" old age, 1850-1910 -- Pt. 3. Science and the Ideal of Normal Aging. 8. The aging of "civilized" morality: the fixed period versus prolongevity, 1870-1925. 9. Toward the scientific management of aging: the formative literature of gerontology and geriatrics, 1890-1930. 10. The prophecy of Senescence: G. Stanley Hall and the reconstruction of old age -- EPILOGUE: Beyond dualism and control--reflections on aging in postmodern culture.
Summary The Journey of Life envisions growing up and growing old as a voyage down a river flowing inexorably to the sea. With this image of the human life cycle, the author explores the historical shoreline of later life, charting its cultural forms and sounding their depths. The result is both a cultural history of aging and a contribution to public dialogue about the meaning and significance of later life. The core of the book shows how central texts and images of Northern.
middle-class culture, first in Europe and then in America, created and sustained specifically modern images of the life course between the Reformation and World War I. During this long period, secular, scientific, and individualist tendencies steadily eroded ancient and medieval understandings of aging as a mysterious part of the eternal order of things. Old age was removed from its ambiguous place in life's journey, rationalized, and redefined as a scientific problem.
In the last quarter of the twentieth century, however, postmodern images of life's journey offer a renewed awareness of the spiritual dimensions of later life and new opportunities for growth in an aging society.
Subject Old age -- United States -- History.
Older people -- United States -- Social conditions.
Aging -- Social aspects -- United States.
Gerontology -- United States -- History.
Indexed Term Old age
United States
Old age
United States
Subject Aged -- United States.
Aging -- psychology -- United States.
Geriatrics -- history -- United States.
Social Environment -- United States.
ISBN 0521410207 hardback
9780521410205 hardback
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