April 2020

The 2019 Margaret Clark Award winners

The Margaret Clark Award brings a cash prize of $300 and honors the legacy of Margaret Clark’s work in socio-cultural gerontology and medical anthropology as well as her commitment to mentoring younger colleagues. In 2019, the award went to undergraduate student Olivia Brophy (St. Mary’s College of California) and Ph.D. student Yifan Wang (Rice University). […]

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Of grandparents, memories and the pandemic

While growing up in a small town in the eastern state of Bengal (India), our summer vacations would be spent in Kolkata at the maternal grandparents’ home. My grandfather would tell us haunting stories of poverty, hunger and death in the most quotidian manner. In doing so, he sought to make the spontaneity and unpredictability of life “knowable”.

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Request for Abstracts and Chapters: Anthropological Perspectives on Aging

This announcement comes from AAGE member Britteny Howell, who will edit this volume along with Ryan P. Harrod. Overview Globally, nearly 15% of the world’s population is over 65 years of age. As this number continues to grow, there is increasing need to incorporate a holistic perspective of the aging process into academic and other

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COVID 19 in the life of elderly people in rural Russia: A crisis of confidence, backed up by fear

Questions remain regarding the topic of fear caused by a crisis of trust in both the state and medicine. Therefore, fear can be differentiated; while fear of visiting large villages and a city exists on its own, there also exists those fears of isolating oneself in the space of a village.

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Of dogs and their humans: Late life in a more-than-human world of the COVID-19 pandemic

By Cristina Douglas, University of Aberdeen (Scotland)    Sometimes when we go to the park, Bruce – my canine research assistant – and I meet with another more-than-human pair, who join us for a game of fetch. The other pair, both human and dog, are quite old and slow, and pace to each other’s rhythm

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Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things (The Age of COVID-19)

Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things: Eldercare in Wuhan under COVID-19 By Zhe Yan, University of Würzburg When the pernicious effects of COVID-19 manifested clearly first in Wuhan, the entire city and the whole of Hubei Province came to a standstill. The lockdown of Wuhan brought unprecedented suffering and life-threatening challenges for millions of people resident

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