The Ages of Life

Living and Aging in Conflict?

Ulla Kriebernegg and Roberta Maierhofer

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The Ages of Life

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Pub Date: May 2013

ISBN: 9783837622126

200 Pages

Format: Paperback

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The Ages of Life

Living and Aging in Conflict?

Ulla Kriebernegg and Roberta Maierhofer

Transcript-Verlag

The binary construction of "young" and "old," which is based on a biogerontological model of aging as decline, can be redefined as the ambiguity of aging from a cultural studies perspective. This concept enables an analysis of the social functions of images of aging with the aim of providing a basis for interdisciplinary exchange on gerontological research. The articles in this publication conceive the relationship between living and aging as a productive antagonism which focuses on the interplay between continuity and change as a marker of life course identity: aging and growing older are processes which cannot be reduced to the chronology of years but which are shaped by the individual's interaction with the changing circumstances of life.

About the Author

Ulla Kriebernegg (Dr.) is an Assistant Professor at the Center for Inter-American Studies at the University of Graz, Austria. Her research interests include North American Literature and Cultural Studies, Interculturality and Migration Studies, Inter-American Studies, Transatlantic Educational Cooperation, and Age/Aging Studies. Roberta Maierhofer (Dr.) is the Director of and Professor at the Center for Inter-American Studies at the University of Graz, Austria, and adjunct professor at Binghamton University, NY, USA. Her research focuses on American Literature and Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Transatlantic Cooperation in Education, Inter-American Studies and Age/Aging Studies.