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Welcome to Middle Age (and Other Cultural Fictions) : John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Series on Mental Health and Development - Richard Shweder

Welcome to Middle Age (and Other Cultural Fictions)

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Series on Mental Health and Development

Paperback Published: 1st January 1998
ISBN: 9780226756080
Number Of Pages: 318

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Many of us believe we recognize the symptoms of middle age: lower back pain, mortgages, and an aversion to loud late-night activities. This particular construction of midlife, most often rendered in chronological, biological, and medical terms, has become an accepted reality to European-Americans and has recently spread to such non-Western capitals as Tokyo and New Delhi. "Welcome to Middle Age (And Other Cultural Fictions)" explores the significance of this pervasive cultural representation alongside the alternative "fictions" that represent the life course in other regions of the world where middle age does not exist.
In this volume, anthropologists, behavioral scientists, and historians explore topics ranging from the Western ideology of "midlife decline" to cultural representations of mature adulthood that operate without the category of middle age. The result is a fascinating, panoramic collection that explores the myths surrounding and the representations of mature adulthood and of those years in the life span from thirty to seventy.

Preface
Introduction: Welcome to Middle Age!
Midlife Discourses in the Twentieth-Century United States: An Essay on the Sexuality, Ideology, and Politics of "Middle-Ageism" Margaret
Deconstructing the Change: Female Maturation in Japan and North America
The Search for Middle Age in India
Status Reversal: The Coming of Aging in Samoa
The Return of the "White Man's Burden": The Moral Discourse of Anthropology and the Domestic Life of Hindu Women Usha Menon
Fertility and Maturity in Africa: Gusii Parents in Middle Adulthood
Children of the 1960s at Midlife: Generational Identity and the Family Adaptive Project
Place and Race: Midlife Experience in Harlem
Contributors
Index
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ISBN: 9780226756080
ISBN-10: 0226756084
Series: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Series on Mental Health and Development
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 318
Published: 1st January 1998
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.73
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Type: New edition