In straightforward and compelling prose, the authors feature the varied experiences of widows, African Americans, Native Americans, nursing home residents, gay and lesbian elders, and others. The essays provide vivid illustrations of both the complex differences of the aging experience and the surprising commonalities. The theme of a diverse, multifaceted aging experience links the various presentations.
Countering familiar stereotypes, Ways of Aging offers a unique perspective on the different pathways that may be taken through the later years.
Beyond Stereotypes 3Jaber F. Gubrium and James A. Holstein
Part I Persistence 11
1 Narratives of Forgiveness in Old Age 13Helen K. Black
2 Elderhood in Contemporary Lakota Society 36Joan Weibel–Orlando
3 Claiming Identity in a Nursing Home 58Debora A. Patemiti
Part II Adaptation 75
4 Three Childless Men s Pathways into Old Age 77Tanya Koropeckyj–Cox
5 Constructing Community from Troubles 96Christopher A. Faircloth
6 Family Lives of Aging Black Americans 111Colleen L. Johnson and Barbara M. Barer
Part Ill Change 133
7 Aging and Change in a Religious Community 135Sarah Matthews
8 Identity Careers of Older Gay Men and Lesbians 160Dana Rosenfeld
9 Expectations and Experiences of Widowhood 182Deborah Kestin van den Hoonaard
10 Positive Aging 203Mary Gergen and Kenneth J. Gergen