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Research on Adulthood and Aging
The Human Science Approach
Research on Adulthood and Aging
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L. Eugene Thomas - Editor
SUNY Series in Aging
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Hardcover - 249 pages
Release Date: July 1989
ISBN10: 0-7914-0068-9
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-0068-5

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Paperback - 249 pages
Release Date: July 1989
ISBN10: 0-7914-0069-7
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-0069-2

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Summary

By borrowing from a wide range of disciplines such as psychology, sociology, anthropology, psychiatry, and the humanities, this book gives a more "human," personal voice to the many experiences of aging. The result is a new sort of social science research, one which often reads more like literature than social science. Indeed, the author uses a wide variety of techniques borrowed from the humanities, from hermeneutics to oral histories, in addition to the more traditional social science methods.

"The topic is significant since it represents a bridge between the social sciences studying aging and the humanities seeking a role. It answers the question, 'How can the humanists and the social scientists work together to further understanding of adult development and aging?'" -- James E. Birren, Andrus Gerontology Center, University of Southern California

"It addresses an important and promising new development in the field of aging, i.e., the application of human science methods to the study of aging and adult development. The topic is certainly significant. It is important because it is the first human science 'methods' book in the field of aging, which should soon make it central to the field." -- Edmund Sherman, Ringel Institute of Gerontology, State University of New York, Albany


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Table of Contents

Preface

James E. Birren

INTRODUCTION

Chapter 1    The Human Science Approach to Understanding Adulthood and Aging

L. Eugene Thomas

THE HERMENEUTICAL APPROACH

Chapter 2    May Sarton's Journals: Attachment and Separateness in Later Life

Harry J. Berman

Chapter 3    Biblical Hermeneutics and the Aging Experience

J. Gordon Harris

Chapter 4    From Quantitative to Qualitative Reasoning: A Developmental Perspective

Allan B. Chinen

PARTICIPANT OBSERVATION

Chapter 5    Talking about Menopause: A Dialogic Analysis

Mary Gergen

Chapter 6    The Domestic Meaning of Institutionalization

Jaber F. Gubrium

THE INTENSIVE CASE STUDY

Chapter 7    Temporality and Affect: The Personal Meaning of Well-Being

Robert L. Rubinstein

Chapter 8    Qualitative Research with Older Creative Adults

Karol Sylcox Ferguson

Chapter 9    Memory, Identity, History and the Understanding of Dementia

Karl E. Scheibe

THE IN-DEPTH INTERVIEW

Chapter 10   More than Counting Years: Social Aspects of Time and the Identity of Elders

Susan A. Eisenhandler

Chapter 11   'Successful Aging' Among Elderly Men in England and India: A Phenomenological Comparison

L. Eugene Thomas and Kim O. Chambers

Chapter 12   Social Relationships Among the Rural Elderly: A Multimethod Approach

Linda A. Wood

COMMENTARY

Chapter 13   Gerontology with a Human Face

Harry R. Moody

Contributors

Index


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