The Anti-Aging Movement

Contemporary Cultures and the Social Construction of Old Age
  • John VincentEmail author
Part of the Ethics and Health Policy book series (EHP, volume 1)


This chapter seeks to characterise the Anti-aging movement and indicate the role it plays in the contested nature of old age. I approach the topic from a cultural anthropological and critical gerontological perspective. My interest has been to investigate how old age is constructed across diverse cultures. The purpose of looking at the Anti-aging movement was to explore the contemporary western idea of old age by examining the contested cultural meanings of ‘old age’ manifest in their antipathy. The research on which this chapter is written in ethnographic is style and based on systematic observation of scientific and other anti-aging conferences, reading and analysis of journals, text-books, websites and other materials produced by a broadly defined Anti-aging movement . The original research is presented in previous publications; the intention here is to summarise that work and suggest some policy implications (Vincent 2003a, b, 2006a, b, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011).


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