Images of Aging: Cultural Representations of Later Life by Mike Featherstone, Andrew Wernick

By Mike Featherstone, Andrew Wernick

All of us have a finite life-span. we're born, we get outdated and we die. Given the universiality of the getting old strategy, it really is amazing that there's virtually a whole absence of research of tradition and self-image of the center elderly and previous. pictures of getting older: Cultural Representations of Later lifestyles alterations this. The members speak about photos of aging that have come to stream within the complex commercial societies this day. They handle subject matters akin to: physique and self photo in daily interplay; adventure and identification on outdated age; advertisements and patron tradition photographs of the aged; photos of aging utilized by executive organisations in overall healthiness schooling campaigns; the range of historic representations of the aged; gender photos of aging; photographs of senility and moment early life; pictures of well-being, disease and loss of life.

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This global tendency needs to be modified in a pluralistic direction to take into account each society’s modernization trajectory, as Kiefer (1990) argues with reference to Japan. Kiefer (1990) approaches Japanese aging through its cultural and historical contexts by identifying three aspects: age-grading, the Confucianism tradition, and corporate structures. A problem with her approach is that she misses, or does not grasp fully, the ideological changes which occurred in Japan along with its modernization.

Accordingly, we should have acknowledged that norms and conventions often determine the ways in which the content in the images we selected was expressed. Perhaps overly influenced by de Tocqueville’s image of equality in America, we paid too little attention to ‘class’ in the images of old age. The Gallery of Illustrious Americans by Mathew Brady (1850), for instance, offered a dozen daguerreotypes of 22 HISTORICAL AND COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVES ‘representative’ older men, including two mediocre presidents (Zachary Taylor and Millard Fillmore).

18–19). Promotion of a reconstructed image of retirement continued to appear throughout the relatively brief lifetime of Retirement Choice. In December 1972 readers were invited to contribute to a new series, ‘Then and Now’, a photographic celebration of the influence of passage of time on age-related clothing (Polhemus and Proctor, 1978; Lurie, 1981) which also doubled as a convenient medium for the disengagement of the image of retirement from traditional associations with inactive old age now, of course, denned as negative and defeatist.

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