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ERIC Number: EJ1193671
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1081-4760
Our Research Is Living, Our Data Is Life: Toward a Transdisciplinary Gerontology
Sasser, Jennifer R.
Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, n35 p14-28 2017
In this keynote presentation given at the 2016 Association for Interdisciplinary Studies conference, I considered the field of gerontology from a transdisciplinary perspective. Juxtaposing personal narratives with dominant and alternative discourses on issues of aging, later life, and old age, I explored such questions as: Given the multifaceted, diverse and context-dependent nature of aging phenomena, what might be said to be the defining characteristics of the field of gerontology? Is the common claim that gerontology is "fundamentally interdisciplinary" borne out? How are phenomena of aging--and the aging subject--constructed within (and without) the field? What might a transgressive approach to gerontology that embraces the wild and ultimately untamable lived experience of traveling through the life-course look like?
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Oregon