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: 10/07/2014
- Category: Child & developmental psychology
- ISBN: 9780199918041
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