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February 03 , 2011

Unmasking age


What is age? How old do you feel? Bill Bytheway, a researcher with a long career in gerontology and social research, draws on his extensive experience in addressing these seemingly simple questions.In this challenging but accessible book, he argues that, in order to 'unmask age', the focus of gerontological theory should shift from 'being old' to growing older over time and how we are divided by age. Using data fromseveral research projects relating to post-war generations, and supplemented by examples from the internet, marketing, fiction and biography, he raises fundamental questions about identity in later life, including: ·[vbTab]how is age manifest in the appearance of the individual body?·[vbTab]how is it revealed in the chronology of the life course?·[vbTab]how is it reflected in published images? ·[vbTab]and how is it articulated in language itself? Bytheway critically examines social research methods and concludes that the researcher's own experience of age is vital to the development of a sound understanding of how we grow older.

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