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ERIC Number: EJ839705
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-0270-1960
Teaching Cross-Cultural Aging: Using Literary Portrayals of Elders from Chile and the United States
Waxman, Barbara
Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, v26 n1 p77-95 Oct 2005
Literary texts are cultural artifacts revealing a society's values and attitudes; reading literature about elders and old age can change readers' ageist attitudes. Beginning with these assumptions, I discuss ways of teaching cross-cultural aging in undergraduate literature courses, using Chilean texts paired with American texts. Students learn how old age is socially constructed and how writers can either reinforce or challenge negative societal stereotypes of elders. Chilean texts reveal Chileans' respect and affection by associating elders with nature and ascribing to them otherworldly wisdom. American texts respectfully depict elders connected to nature, but not as transcending the earthly.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Chile; United States