Cultural Gerontology: Valuing Older People

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Aging book series (BRIEFSAGING)


Cultural gerontology focuses on norms, values, practices, and moral ideas related to older age. Those norms, values, practices, and moral ideas shape significant images of older people in a society. They also influence stereotypes of old age and the possibilities an older individual has to participate in society. In Europe, older people’s image and their plans for their later life-years are important topics of discussion. These and similar topics are debated in relation to gender-differences and a youth- and consumption-oriented culture. Depending on the framework of the discussion, older Europeans are sometimes portrayed as tragic, and sometimes as inspiring.


Cultural Meaning Moral Economy Aging Body Cultural Interpretation Moral Idea 
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I am grateful to Eugene McCabe for permission to quote the lines at the beginning of this chapter.


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  1. 1.School of Political Science and SociologyNational University of IrelandGalwayIreland

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