Aged by Culture by Margaret Morganroth Gullette

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Americans enjoy longer lives and better health, yet we are becoming increasingly obsessed with trying to stay young. What drives the fear of turning 30, the boom in anti-aging products, the wars between generations? What men and women of all ages have in common is that we are being insidiously aged by the culture in which we live.

In this illuminating book, Margaret Morganroth Gullette reveals that aging doesn't start in our chromosomes, but in midlife downsizing, the erosion of workplace seniority, threats to Social Security, or media portrayals of "aging Xers" and "greedy" Baby Boomers. To combat the forces aging us prematurely, Gullette invites us to change our attitudes, our life storytelling, and our society. Part intimate autobiography, part startling cultural expose, this book does for age what gender and race studies have done for their categories. Aged by Culture is an impassioned manifesto against the pernicious ideologies that steal hope from every stage of our lives.

About Margaret Morganroth Gullette

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Margaret Morganroth Gullette is the author of Declining to Decline, winner of an award as the best feminist book on American popular culture, and of Safe at Last in the Middle Years. She is a resident scholar, Women's Studies Research Center, Brandeis University.
Published January 15, 2004 by University Of Chicago Press. 280 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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In service of her goal of raising age awareness, she argues that age divisions or cohort designations (e.g., Boomers and Xers [43]) are socially constructed and have numerous social and political implications, such as contrived generational identities, intergenerational conflicts, and manufacture...

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Margaret Morganroth Gullette's Aged by Culture is an important and engaging contribution to the new field of age studies, which questions age ideologies and deconstructs dominant narratives about the cultural meanings of aging.

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