This ground-breaking study of the baby boomer generation, who are now entering old age, breaks new ground in ageing research. This post-war cohort has experienced a range of social, cultural, and medical changes in regard to their notions of body, from the introduction of the Pill and the decoupling of sex and procreation to the H-Bomb and Earthrise. Yet, paradoxically, ageing is also universal. This exciting book reflects the intersection of time, ageing, body and identity to give a more nuanced and enlightened understanding of the ageing process.
"An important study of the 'baby boomer' generation, drawing upon an impressive body of scholarship. The study explores some fascinating links between the experiences of this cohort in the 1960s and the shaping of attitudes and identity in later life." Chris Phillipson, University of Manchester
"Woodspring delivers a significant contribution in the growing field of cultural gerontology. In particular, her efforts to describe the intersection of time and the body will be beneficial for future studies about embodiment and old age. The book is also a pleasure to read. The complex theoretical framework is made clear by the sharp and logic structure of the chapters while the representation of the ‘60s is a vivid portrayal that brings to life an extremely interesting historical period." Journal of Population Ageing
"The Baby Boomers revolutionized being young. As time catches up with them they are destined to change what it means to grow older. Woodspring's study gives us a fascinating perspective on what that might look like." Jan Baars, University for Humanistic Studies, The Netherlands
"Baby Boomers' variegated dimensions assure its potential, as the cohort comes face to face with advanced ageing and dying, to transform interpersonal relations and societal structures. Naomi Woodspring, a Boomer herself, rethinks the meanings and contexts of time and embodiment in later years. Baby Boomers offered me fresh perspectives." W. Andrew Achenbaum, University of Houston
Dr Naomi Woodspring completed her PhD in 2014 and is now a Research Fellow, University of the West of England as part of the Bristol Ageing Better project. Prior to returning to university as a late life learner, she had her own consulting firm providing sustainable solutions to organisational and community challenges. She also worked as a psychotherapist in a wide variety of settings from managing a community prison project to Native American communities.
Introduction: the curiosity of ageing body, time, and identity;
The appearance of time;
Body and identity;
The past and present converge;
Chiasm, the intersection of time, embodiment, and identity;
Time will tell.