Applying interdisciplinary perspectives about everyday life to vital issues in the lives of older people, this book maps together the often taken-for-granted aspects of what it means to age in an ageist society.
Part of the Ageing in a Global Context series, the two parts address the materialities and the embodiments of everyday life respectively. Topics covered include household possessions, public and private spaces, older drivers, media representations, dementia care, health-tracking, dress and sexuality. This focus on micro-sociological conditions allows us to rethink key questions which have shaped debates in the social aspects of ageing.
International contributions, including from the UK, USA, Sweden and Canada, provide a critical guide to inform thinking and planning our ageing futures.
"This book makes significant methodological and theoretical contribution to ageing research... a well-structured, engaging and easy read, and will be equally relevant for scholars in the disciplines of gerontology and contributing disciplines of sociology, kinesiology and public health, as well as policy makers geared towards later-life care and assistance..." Ageing and Society
"...a vital contribution to the fields of gerontology and sociology, amongst others, as it reframes how we look at the everyday experience of ageing without reductionistic labels and lenses of health or activity. The chapters move beyond ageing materialities and embodiments, past surveillance and external markers of good embodiment – such as healthy or successful ageing. Including significant first-hand narratives keeps the older body heard and seen in the work." International Journal of Ageing and Later Life
“This pathbreaking book changes our understandings of contemporary ageing by providing innovative, theoretically-rich analyses of everyday life, meanings and material culture.” Dr Sara Arber, Centre for Research on Ageing and Gender, University of Surrey
Stephen Katz is Professor (Emeritus) of Sociology and Distinguished Research Award recipient at Trent University in Peterborough, Canada. He is author of books Disciplining Old Age (1996) and Cultural Aging (2005) and publications on ageing bodies, technologies, critical gerontology, biopolitics, sexuality, and cognitive impairment.
Introduction ~ Stephen Katz;
Part I: Materialities;
Things and possessions ~ David J. Ekerdt;
Reinventing the nursing home: metaphors that design care ~ Susan Braedley;
The ever-breaking wave of everyday life: animating ageing movement-space ~ Gavin J. Andrews and Amanda M. Grenier;
What’s exotic about The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel? Cinema, everyday life and the materialization of ageing ~ Sally Chivers;
Between ageing and ageism: portrayals of online dating in later life in Canadian print media ~ Julia Rozanova, Mineko Wada and Laura Hurd Clarke;
Part II: Embodiments;
Closer to touch: sexuality, embodiment and masculinity in older men’s lives ~ Linn J. Sandberg;
Ageing bodies, driving and change: exploring older body-driver fit in the high-tech automobile ~ Jessica Gish, Amanda M. Grenier, and Brenda Vrkljan;
Dancing with dementia: citizenship, embodiment, and everyday life in the context of long-term care ~ Pia Kontos and Alisa Grigorovich;
Why clothes matter: the role of dress in the everyday lives of older people ~ Julia Twigg;
Our Fitbits, our (ageing) selves: wearables, self-tracking and ageing embodiment ~ Barbara L. Marshall;
Afterword. Relational entanglements: ageing, materialities and embodiments ~ Kim Sawchuk.