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Authors: Jason L. Powell (University of Liverpool) and Azrini Wahidin (University of Central England in Birmingham) 
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This book is concerned with demonstrating the relevance and application of Michel Foucault’s work to an understanding of human aging. The diverse range of arguments in the book identifies the ways in which ‘aging’ has been organised, shaped and positioned through both knowledge systems and social processes, which impinge on the social construction of aging. Whilst there has been an escalating array of fields influenced by Foucault’s work, aging has been under-theorized. Indeed, the wide subject matter of Foucault’s scholarly work has developed path breaking yet critical perspectives on psychiatry, medicine, punishment, crime and sexuality. The essence of this particular book is that it raises the question of what gerontology as a discipline can learn from Foucauldian approaches. This international volume demonstrates that deployment of Foucauldian theory to gerontological contexts has facilitated disruptions and ruptures of both the meta-narratives inscribed within gerontology: as both discipline and policy, and the ontological status of its subjects.

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Introduction: Foucault and Aging
Jason L. Powell and Azrini Wahidin

PART ONE – HISTORIES OF THE GERONTOLOGICAL PRESENT pp.1-2

Chapter 1 - Exploring Foucault and Bio-Medical Gerontology in Western Modernity; pp. 3-16
(Jason L. Powell, Simon Biggs and Azrini Wahidin)

Chapter 2 - “THE RELENTLESSNESS and THE RUIN”: Beckett, Foucault and Aging; pp. 17-30
(Allan Irving)

Chapter 3 - Foucault and Successful Aging as Discourse: Explorations in Biopower and the Practice of Freedom; pp. 31-45
(Cynthia A. Leedham and Jon Hendrics)

PART TWO – FOUCAULT, SOCIAL ISSUES AND AGING pp.47-48

Chapter 4 - Invisible bodies: Older Women and Multiple Sclerosis; pp. 49-60
(Louise Dawson)

Chapter 5 - Food and Aging; pp. 61-73
(John Coveney)

Chapter 6 - Governmentality, Health and Aging: Re-Figuring the Third Age; pp.75-88
(Tony Gilbert)

Chapter 7 - Visibility and Consent: The Sexual Abuse of Elderly Women; pp. 89-100
(Helen Jones)

Chapter 8 - Interpersonal Acts within Organisational Practices: Power and Resistance within Public Health and Social Care for Older Persons; pp. 101-113
(Amanda Grenier and Peter Leonard)

Chapter 9 - A Foucauldian Analysis: Experiences of Elders in Prison; pp. 115-128
(Azrini Wahidin)

PART THREE – RE-ASSESSING FOUCAULT AND AGING pp.129-130

Chapter 10 - Theories of Aging – Foucault’s Agonistic Challenge;
pp. 131-144
(Ian Culpitt)

Chapter 11 - Age and Aging: the social world of Foucault and Bourdieu; pp. 145-155
(Alex Dumas and Bryan S. Turner)

Chapter 12 - Beyond Discourse : Recognising Bare Life Among the Very Old; pp. 157-170
(Haim Hazan)

Chapter 13 - Negotiating the Spaces of Old Age; pp. 171-182
(David Sibley)

Chapter 14 - Towards a Post-Foucauldian Sociology of Aging;
pp. 183-196
(Tim Owen)

Contributors pp.197-198

Index pp.199-211

   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2006
   Pages: 211.pp
   ISBN: 1-59454-602-9
   Status: AV
  
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