- Collects ten original essays on the aging experience, written by prominent social gerontologists.
- Highlights diverse ways of growing and being older.
- Offers detailed portraits of a broad range of experiences, including those of the homeless, the retirement community, sexual nonconformists, and the disabled.
- Addresses stereotypes of the aging process and provides diverse examples of individual experiences.
Beyond Stereotypes 3
Jaber F. Gubrium and James A. Holstein
Part I Persistence 11
1 Narratives of Forgiveness in Old Age 13
Helen K. Black
2 Elderhood in Contemporary Lakota Society 36
3 Claiming Identity in a Nursing Home 58
Debora A. Patemiti
Part II Adaptation 75
4 Three Childless Men’s Pathways into Old Age 77
5 Constructing Community from Troubles 96
Christopher A. Faircloth
6 Family Lives of Aging Black Americans 111
Colleen L. Johnson and Barbara M. Barer
Part Ill Change 133
7 Aging and Change in a Religious Community 135
8 Identity Careers of Older Gay Men and Lesbians 160
9 Expectations and Experiences of Widowhood 182
Deborah Kestin van den Hoonaard
10 Positive Aging 203
Mary Gergen and Kenneth J. Gergen