Narratives of Positive Aging: Seaside Stories - Explorations in Narrative Psychology (Hardback)Amia Lieblich (author)
Hardback 208 Pages / Published: 07/08/2014
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In Narratives of Positive Aging, Amia Lieblich presents a qualitative study that explores the life narratives of elderly men and women who engage in practices of "positive aging." They belong to a spontaneous community that assembles daily, early in the morning, on a beach near Tel-Aviv, Israel. At the seaside, the elders practice various outdoor sports, and converse over coffee at the local cafe. Based on their narratives, procured by individual open-ended interviews, and the author's participant observation, the book explores the impact of routine, physical activity, and social relationships on successful aging. Lieblich additionally presents an analysis of the tension-minimizing discourse adopted at the cafe and the pleasant bubble-like environment it fosters amongst the community members. Finally, the book debates the adaptive role of narrating one's life story, and its perceived manifestation of wisdom. A combination of complete life stories and extracts of conversations recorded on the beach color every chapter. These texts are complimented and elucidated by a variety of academic claims, theories and findings concerning narratives and aging. This book, based on an Israeli field study, may be viewed both as a local case study as well as a lesson relevant to aging everywhere.
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 420 g
Dimensions: 236 x 173 x 21 mm
As I reflect on Lieblichs book as a whole, I have a great admiration for the author and for the participants who are aging positively in a community of their own design... As a whole, the book is as practical as it is scholarly. It is not short on relevamt research content, interpretation by the author, or ideas about gerontology. It is not short on content that illuminates how the author constructs the aging experience either. It is timely and relevant to current discourse concering aging. * PsycCritiques *
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