Journal of Aging and Identity

, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp 225–235 | Cite as

Postmodern Aging and the Loss of Meaning

  • Larry Polivka
Article

Abstract

This article reviews several authors' perspectives on the advantages and disadvantages of a global postmodern society and its effect on the affluent and not-so-affluent elderly. Without the socioeconomic supports of the past, the not-so-affluent elderly may find themselves insecure and anxious about their core identity in a postmodern world, while the affluent elderly with the resources to consume postmodern society's growing array of medical procedures, technological devices, etc. may benefit from the multiple, shifting identities characteristic of postmodern culture. Without recognition of what aging has to teach us about the human condition, several authors see a loss of existential/spiritual meaning in postmodern society.

postmodern techno-culture limitedness core identity 

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

References

  1. Biggs, S. (1999). The “Blurring” of the Lifecourse: Narrative, Memory and the Question of Authenticity. Journal of Aging and Identity, 4(4), 209–220.Google Scholar
  2. Cole, T. (1992). Journey of life: Acultural history of aging in America. NewYork: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar
  3. Featherstone, M., & Hepworth, M. (1998). Aging, the lifecourse and the sociology of embodiment. In G. Scamble & P. Higgs, Community, Medicine and Health (pp. 147–175). New York: Routledge.Google Scholar
  4. Gullette, M. (1997). Declining to Decline: Cultural Combat and the Politics of the Midlife. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia.Google Scholar
  5. Hepworth, M. (1999). In Defiance of an Ageing Culture. Ageing and Society, 19 (1), 139–148. Google Scholar
  6. Jarvis, D. (1998). Postmodernism: A critical typology. Politics & Society, (26)1, 112.Google Scholar
  7. Kakutani, M. (2000). Silicon Valley Views the Economy as a Rain Forest. The New York Times. CXLIX (51,460), B 8.Google Scholar
  8. Kundera, Milan. (1996). Slowness. New York: Harper Collins.Google Scholar
  9. Murphy, J., & Longino, C. (1997). Toward a Postmodern Understanding of Aging and Identity. Journal of Aging and Identity 2(2), 81–89.Google Scholar
  10. Phillipson, Chris. (1998). Reconstructing old age. Newagendas in social theory and practice. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc.Google Scholar
  11. Rentsch, T. (1997). Aging as Becoming Oneself: A philosophical ethics of late life. Journal of Aging Studies, 11(4), 263–271.Google Scholar
  12. Walker, A. (2000). Public Policy and the Construction of Old Age in Europe. The Gerontologist, 40(3), 304–308.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Larry Polivka
    • 1
  1. 1.Florida Policy Exchange Center on AgingUniversity of South FloridaTampa

Personalised recommendations