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Valuing older peopleA humanist approach to ageing$
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Ricca Edmondson and Hans-Joachim Von Kondratowitz

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847422927

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847422927.001.0001

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Gateways to humanistic gerontology

Gateways to humanistic gerontology

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(p.283) Seventeen Gateways to humanistic gerontology
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Valuing older people
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Ronald J. Manheimer

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847422927.003.0018

This summary chapter suggests that there is no cultural consensus about the one right way to grow old. If ageing and later life is a matter of social construction, but there are no certified architects, then it is each person for themselves. The role of the academic humanist in stalking the elusive older person is precisely to loosen the bounds of prejudice and two-dimensional thinking. The humanist, in the postmodern era, lauds the multiple meanings, values, and pathways of the neo-elderly. The goal of this book is to demonstrate how humanists and the humanities can unite what has been rendered asunder by the fragmenting influence of highly specialised, compartmentalising scientific enterprises, with their unique nomenclatures and guild-approved methodologies.

Keywords:   ageing, later life, social construction, humanities, neo-elderly, humanists, scientific enterprise

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