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Handbook of Communication and Aging Research : Routledge Communication Series - Jon F. Nussbaum

Handbook of Communication and Aging Research

Routledge Communication Series

By: Jon F. Nussbaum (Editor), Justine Coupland (Editor)

Paperback Published: 22nd January 2004
ISBN: 9780805840711
Number Of Pages: 620

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This second edition of the "Handbook of Communication and Aging Research" captures the ever-changing and expanding domain of aging research. Since it was first recognized that there is more to social aging than demography, gerontology has needed a communication perspective. Like the first edition, this handbook sets out to demonstrate that aging is not only an individual process but an interactive one. The study of communication can lead to an understanding of what it means to grow old. We may age physiologically and chronologically, but our social aging--how we behave as social actors toward others, and even how we align ourselves with or come to understand the signs of difference or change as we age--are phenomena achieved primarily through communication experiences.
Synthesizing the vast amount of research that has been published on communication and aging in numerous international outlets over the last three decades, the book's contributors include scholars from North America and the United Kingdom who are active researchers in the perspectives covered in their particular chapter. Many of the chapters work to deny earlier images of aging as involving normative decrement to provide a picture of aging as a process of development involving positive choices and providing new opportunities. A recuring theme in many chapters is that of the heterogeneity of the group of people who are variously categorized as older, aged, elderly, or over 65. The contributors review the literature analytically, in a way that reveals not only current theoretical and methodological approaches to communication and aging research but also sets the future agenda.
This handbook will be of great interest to scholars and researchers in gerontology, developmental psychology, and communication, and, in this updated edition, will continue to play a key role in the study of communication and aging.

Prefacep. xi
Referencesp. xiii
About the Contributorsp. xv
The Experience of Agingp. 1
Referencesp. 3
Images of Old Agep. 5
Referencesp. 34
Facing the Challenges of Aging: Development, Coping and Meaning in Lifep. 39
Acknowledgmentp. 69
Referencesp. 69
Language and Social Agingp. 75
Referencesp. 78
Discourse, Identity, and Agingp. 79
Acknowledgmentsp. 100
Referencesp. 100
Cognitive Processes Affecting Communication With Older Adults: The Case for Stereotypes, Attitudes, and Beliefs About Communicationp. 105
Referencesp. 127
Acknowledgmentp. 127
Aging, Communication, and Intergroup Theory: Social Identity and Intergenerational Communicationp. 133
Acknowledgmentsp. 153
Referencesp. 153
The Communicative Construction of Relationships in Later Lifep. 161
Referencesp. 165
Adult Parent-Child Relationships: A View From Feminist and Discursive Social Psychologyp. 167
Referencesp. 180
The Aging Couplep. 185
Referencesp. 202
Relationships in Later Life The Nature of Inter- and Intragenerational Ties Among Grandparents, Grandchildren and Adult Siblingsp. 207
Referencesp. 222
Friendships in Later Lifep. 227
Referencesp. 252
Organizational Communicationp. 259
Referencesp. 261
Marketing to the Elderlyp. 263
Referencesp. 281
Retirement and Leisurep. 285
Referencesp. 307
Political and Mass Communicationp. 313
The Emerging Political Power of the Elderlyp. 317
Referencesp. 337
Political Advertising and the Elderlyp. 343
Referencesp. 356
Media Usage Patterns and Portrayals of the Elderlyp. 359
Referencesp. 388
Health Communicationsp. 393
Referencesp. 396
The Elderly Patient-Physician Interactionp. 397
Referencesp. 413
Communication and the Institutionalized Elderlyp. 417
Referencesp. 434
Support, Companionship, and Control in Older Adults' Social Networks: Implications for Well-Beingp. 437
Referencesp. 457
Educational Gerontologyp. 465
Education for Older Adults Lifelong Learning Empowerment, and Social Changep. 467
Referencesp. 487
Acknowledgmentp. 487
Author Indexp. 491
Subject Indexp. 511
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ISBN: 9780805840711
ISBN-10: 0805840710
Series: Routledge Communication Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 620
Published: 22nd January 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 26.04 x 19.05  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 1.07
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition

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