Gerontology and the Construction of Old Age by Bryan GreenGerontology and the Construction of Old Age by Bryan Green

Gerontology and the Construction of Old Age

byBryan GreenIntroduction byRoberta R. Greene, Robert G. Blundo

Paperback | August 15, 2009

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Although attitudes toward the aged and their care are inherent in any society, gerontology itself is a relatively recent field of study and practice. Gerontology and the Construction of Old Age applies the methods of discourse analysis and textual analysis to texts and documents in this newly evolved and eclectic fi eld. Green explores and identifies the literary methods and discursive regularities through which aging and the aged have been made into objects of study and treatment, and which together form a mode of knowledge production that will infl uence future texts in the field.

Because such formats of representation limit rational diagnoses of problems and rational courses of ameliorative action, policy implications in the fi eld of gerontology are a major interest of this study. Another interest is methodological. Within the broader constructionist approach to social reality, Green takes the position of "constitutive realism": the notion that social reality is linguistically constructed, primarily in speech and writing.

The book's two aims are to describe analytically the fi eld of gerontology. The field is important both for its growing academic presence and for its practical eff ects on discourse and policy concerning old age. It also hopes to help develop possibilities of inquiry associated with the linguistic, literary, and rhetorical turns of social science in recent years. Gerontology and the Construction of Old Age is a substantive investigation, at considerable theoretical depth, of gerontology itself, as well as a methodological treatise with broader implications for social science as it focuses upon the discourse of various professional fields.

Bryan S. Green is professor emeritus of sociology at York University. He is the author of Knowing the Poor: A Case-Study in Textual Reality Construction and Literary Methods and Sociological Theory. His research interests include the application of textual and discourse analysis to gerontology and the literary construction of polic...
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Title:Gerontology and the Construction of Old AgeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:247 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:August 15, 2009Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0202362558

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