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Ending Ageism or, How Not to Shoot Old People

Margaret Morganroth Gullette (author)

ISBN: 9780813589282

Publication Date: Jun 2017

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

As people live longer lives, today's great demotions of older people cut deeper into their self-worth and human relations, beyond the reach of law or public policy. Margaret Morganroth Gullette confronts the offenders: the ways people aging past midlife are portrayed in the media; the esthetics and politics of representation in photography, film, and theatre; and the incitement to commit suicide for those with early signs of "dementia".
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When the term "ageism" was coined in 1969, many problems of exclusion seemed resolved by government programs like Social Security and Medicare. As people live longer lives, today's great demotions of older people cut deeper into their self-worth and human relations, beyond the reach of law or public policy. In Ending Ageism, or How Not to Shoot Old People, award-winning writer and cultural critic Margaret Morganroth Gullette confronts the offenders: the ways people aging past midlife are portrayed in the media, by adult offspring; the esthetics and politics of representation in photography, film, and theater; and the incitement to commit suicide for those with early signs of "dementia."
 
Gullette presents evidence of pervasive age-related assaults in contemporary society and their chronic affects. The sudden onset of age-related shaming can occur anywhere–the shove in the street, the cold shoulder at the party, the deaf ear at the meeting, and the shut-out by the personnel office. Turning intimate suffering into public grievances, Ending Ageism, Or How Not to Shoot Old People effectively and beautifully argues that overcoming ageism is the next imperative social movement of our time.
 

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"In her stirring new book,the pioneering US writer Margaret Morganroth Gullette argues that the meaning of the word burden has shifted from referring to the demanding work of care-giving (expressing empathy with the carer) on to the recipient of care. No wonder so many older people worry that they'll become burdensome, and elder abuse is becoming so common."
-The Guardian
Illustrations 7 colour and 2 black & white photographs
Pages 256
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Jun 2017
Series Global Perspectives on Aging
Subject/s Geriatric medicine   Family & health   Gender studies, gender groups   Social services & welfare, criminology   Age groups   Social discrimination  
Margaret Morganroth Gullette is an internationally known pioneer in age studies and a cultural critic and award-winning writer of nonfiction, an essayist, a feminist, and an education activist. Her most recent book, Agewise, won a 2012 Eric Hoffer Book Award. She has been published widely in major media, including The New York Times, Al Jazeera, The Guardian, Ms., Atlantic Monthly online, Boston Globe, Dissent, AlterNet, AdiosBarbie, Forward, and Tikkun. A recipient of NEH, ACLS, and Bunting Fellowships, she is a resident scholar at the Brandeis Women�s Studies Research Center in Waltham, Massachusetts.

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