PAAGE is an interactive forum that will include short
commentaries and the opportunity for responses and discussion.
PAAGE will reflect the voices, thoughts, and concerns of aging studies
scholars, AAGE members, and others.
*It will be a forum for increasing awareness of other researchers’ work.
*It will open doors for constructive feedback.
*It will facilitate scholarly collaborations.
You are invited to respond to these posts that will raise critical
issues in the anthropology of aging and social gerontology. If you
would like to post a response to a discussion piece or a commentary on a response, please email PAAGE editor Ender Ricart (

We look forward to the conversation.

Discussion Pieces

 1: After Critical Gerontology?

How can we unshackle social gerontology from the chains of reflexivity?
How can we unshackle social gerontology from the chains of reflexivity?

2: Right To Die

Probing the question of whether or not physician-assisted death/suicide is ethical.
Is physician-assisted death/suicide ethical? A discussion with responses from Frances Norwood (for legalization) and Alan Carver (opposed to legalization)

3: The Future of Technology in Care

What will the future of senior care be?
What will be the future of senior care?

2 thoughts on “PAAGE”

  1. Thanks for starting PAAGE!
    Great questions (you don’t hold back do ya?) and difficult to answer straight. But we in age studies can learn from what happens in similar debates about the value of critical theory when it comes to questions of social or ecological justice. So often those arguments we create set up oppositions (between young and old, e.g.)or raise complications (the complexity and diversity of age) that undermine the very causes we claim to advocate.
    I think the solution, as always, lies in collaboration/partnering between academics, researchers, artists, communities and older persons in particular. Decentering our own languages and modes of engagement and staying close to the subject of our work.
    Interested to see what anyone else has to say- point me toward your best examples of “what’s next”!

  2. Jason, thank you for breaking the ice and posting a response to the prompt. I would agree that the answer does lie in collaborating and partnering with others outside of one’s discipline and profession. But, I believe this is easier said than done. For the how-to of collaboration and coordination we can likely look outside of the anthropology of aging and gerontology for more examples.

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