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Baby BoomersTime and Ageing Bodies$
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Naomi Woodspring

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447318774

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447318774.001.0001

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Introduction: the curiosity of ageing body, time, and identity

Introduction: the curiosity of ageing body, time, and identity

(p.1) One Introduction: the curiosity of ageing body, time, and identity
Baby Boomers

Naomi Woodspring

Policy Press

At its core, this book is a study of the postwar cohort’s experience of time, body, identity and ageing. A principal element of this book is their attempts to answer those questions. In this book the rich interlacing of temporality and embodiment as manifested through old age is examined through the lived experience of the postwar cohort. The intention of this book is to explore one small slice of history and culture, the ageing of the baby boomers. Body, time, and identity have been explored as separate areas by sociologists, anthropologists (with various specialties), and gerontologists. The goal of this book is to enfold those three aspects of our human experience and explore them through the lens of ageing. One of the aims of this book is to give the reader the feel, the sense, of what it is like for the postwar generation to frame their ageing process at this point in time. The postwar generation itself seems to have a yearning for reflections that echo their experience. Perhaps that has to do with their strong sense of generation, which is discussed throughout this book and was so evident in the research.

Keywords:   postwar cohort, time, body, identity, ageing, old age, human experience, postwar generation

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