James E. Birren PhD, Gary Kenyon PhD, Jan-Erik Ruth PhD,'s Aging and Biography: Explorations in Adult Development PDF

By James E. Birren PhD, Gary Kenyon PhD, Jan-Erik Ruth PhD, Johannes J.F. Schroots PhD, Torbjorn Svensson PhD

ISBN-10: 0826189814

ISBN-13: 9780826189813

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ISBN-13: 9780826189820

Own lifestyles narratives can function a wealthy resource of recent insights into the adventure of human getting older. during this comp;rehensive quantity, a world group of editors and participants supply powerful techniques to utilizing biography to augment our figuring out of grownup improvement. as well as delivering new theoretical elements on getting older and biography, the booklet additionally info new advancements about the functional use of alternative biographical methods in either study and medical paintings. this can be a landmark quantity advancing using narrative ways in gerontology.

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Further, the consideration of this issue calls into question the basis of a number of scientific theories in gerontology. One can ask, for example, whether continuity theory is about aging per se, or whether it reflects a cohort or cultural, period effect which is based on a widespread belief in a linear view of time that created a "bondage to the past" (Plank, 1989). There are significant differences in an understanding of aging based on chronological time or variations of physical time, on the one hand, and psychological or inner time on the other hand.

At some point, we are not like anyone else. Still, our stories are genre-lizable (Randall, this volume) and, in this regard, lives can be discussed in more general terms, as can be seen, for example in the work of Ruth and Oberg, Heikkinen, De Vries and Lehman, and McAdams in this volume. However, even though the station stops on our journeys may be similar (Kenyon, 1991), our stories are never exactly alike. In addition to this, we are not one story, but stories. That is, it seems unlikely that we, as Polkinghorne (1988), for example, argues, "make our existence into a whole by understanding it as an expression of a single unfolding and developing story" (p.

190) As social, or more precisely, as intersubjective or interpersonal beings, my story is only partly my own. That is, there is the inner, being-for-itself part of my story, and also the outer, being-for-the-other dimension. In other words, while I have an inner life or inner aging (Kenyon, 1988), as a related being, parts of my story are constituted by a social, linguistic, physical, and interpersonal environment. To be co-author of my story (Ruth and Kenyon, this volume) means to be aware of what I create, and what I may discover about the larger aspects of myself, individually speaking.

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