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Global Aging Forum at GSA Annual Scientific Meeting, Nov. 24

Global Aging Forum 2013 GSA-flyerPDF of this Flyer: FINAL Global Aging Forum at 2013 GSA-flyer

Sun, Nov 24 I 11:45 am-5:00 pm I Sheraton Hotel, Oak Alley Room I $30 (Lunch included).
Focus on transnational research and educational efforts concerning global aging and health.
A stellar cast of speakers will advance our understanding of ongoing activities and outline
future opportunities.

Session Topics Include:
“Methodological Issues in International Research”
“Funding Opportunities for Global Aging Resea rch”
“Exemplars in Cross-Cultural Education”
“Using International Datasets”

Speakers:
Jacqueline Angel, PhD – University of Texas at Austin
Ken Bridbord, MD, MPH – Fogarty International Center
Maria Claver, PhD, MSW – California State University, Long Beach
Eileen Crimmins, PhD – University of Southern California
Athena Fulay- Fulbright Scholar Program
Norah Keating, PhD – University of Alberta
Tsuann Kuo, PhD, MSG, MHA, MSW -Chung Shan
Medical University, Taiwan
Christine Mair, PhD – University of Maryland
Margaret A. Perkinson, PhD – NAPA-OT Field School
Heather Snyder, PhD – Alzheimer’s Association
Enrique Vega, PhD- Pan American Health Organization
Rebeca Wong, PhD – University of Texas Medical Branch

For more information about GSA’s 2013 Annual
Scientific Meeting, November 20-24, 2013,
visit the conference site. A discount is available
for PAHO/OPS member countries; contact
meetings@geron.org at GSA for further information.
Please note, separate registration {$30, includes
lunch) is required for the post-conference

Global Aging Forum
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For more information about GSA’s 2013 Annual
Scientific Meeting, November 20-24, 2013,
visit the conference site: www.geron.org

Population Aging as the Social Body in Representation and Real Life

Anthropology & Aging Quarterly Volume 34, issue 3 (September 2013) pp.100-112

Population Aging as the Social Body in Representation and Real Life

Alexandra Crampton

Department of Social and Cultural Sciences, Marquette University

Download full PDF here: AAQ34(3)CRAMPTON

Abstract

This article uses three levels of body analysis as presented by Nancy Scheper-Hughes and Margaret Lock to compare old age as a construct in population aging discourse with research on lived experience of people aging in the United States and Ghana. I first describe how demographers construct social bodies as becoming “gray” through population statistics and how policy makers then use dependency ratios to rationalize intervention on behalf of older adults in the body-politic.  The construction of old age within this discourse is then compared with ethnographic research that suggests this construct leaves out much of the lived experience familiar to anthropologists of aging.  Rather than debunk the old age construct, however, the purpose of this article is to argue for study of population aging discourse as constituting a social body reflecting cultural constructions of nature and society.  Moreover, this representation is made real through policy and social intervention work, and with very real effect on people’s lives. As such, an anthropology of aging bodies can include the social life of old age as a social construct.

Keywords: Ghana, United States, global intervention, population aging, social body, cross-cultural studies