Theorising embodiment and ageing

Authored by: Emmanuelle Tulle

Routledge Handbook of Cultural Gerontology

Print publication date:  June  2015
Online publication date:  June  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415631143
eBook ISBN: 9780203097090
Adobe ISBN: 9781136221033

10.4324/9780203097090.ch16

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Abstract

The body is inescapable. This is amply illustrated when we age. It seems obvious to state that becoming and being old has a physical component. However, how we describe this component, the importance we attribute to it to explain other aspects of ageing, brings the bodily aspect of ageing into a different realm, that of the social and the cultural. It also makes bodily ageing amenable to critical analysis and theorising.

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