Narratives of Positive Aging: Seaside Stories by Amia LieblichNarratives of Positive Aging: Seaside Stories by Amia Lieblich

Narratives of Positive Aging: Seaside Stories

byAmia Lieblich

Hardcover | July 4, 2014

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In Narratives of Positive Aging, Amia Lieblich presents a qualitative study that explores the life narratives of elderly men and women who engage in practices of "positive aging." They belong to a spontaneous community that assembles daily, early in the morning, on a beach near Tel-Aviv,Israel. At the seaside, the elders practice various outdoor sports, and converse over coffee at the local cafe. Based on their narratives, procured by individual open-ended interviews, and the author's participant observation, the book explores the impact of routine, physical activity, and socialrelationships on successful aging. Lieblich additionally presents an analysis of the tension-minimizing discourse adopted at the cafe and the pleasant bubble-like environment it fosters amongst the community members. Finally, the book debates the adaptive role of narrating one's life story, and its perceived manifestation of wisdom. A combination of complete life stories and extracts of conversations recorded on the beach color every chapter. These texts are complimented and elucidated by a variety of academicclaims, theories and findings concerning narratives and aging. This book, based on an Israeli field study, may be viewed both as a local case study as well as a lesson relevant to aging everywhere.
Amia Lieblich, a psychologist and a writer, was educated in Israel and received her PhD at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1967. Among the pioneers of narrative research, her academic work explores different psychological aspects of Israeli society, including the effects of prolonged war and military service, gender issues, and t...
Title:Narratives of Positive Aging: Seaside StoriesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:July 4, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:019991804X

ISBN - 13:9780199918041


Table of Contents

Introduction1. The setting: Field research in a seaside moveable community2. Reserved seats: On routines and aging3. Stopping time: The active life style of the elderly4. Forging a community of equals5. The discourse of the seaside community: Creating a bubble6. Wisdom, aging and stories7. Concluding reflectionsAppendix 1. Methodological commentsAppendix 2. List of members of the communityReferences