Narratives of Positive Aging : Seaside Stories, Hardback Book

Narratives of Positive Aging : Seaside Stories Hardback

Part of the Explorations in Narrative Psychology series


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 individualopen-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 itfosters 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 alesson relevant to aging everywhere.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Child & developmental psychology
  • ISBN: 9780199918041

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