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Lecture 6

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Health Studies
Michelle Silver

HLTB01 Lecture 6 October-16-12 3:09 PM Cue Column: Note-TakingArea: • What does it mean to age? ○ Experience ○ Maturation ○ More susceptibleto diseases  Geo locationcan also affect this ○ Physical attributes(greying, wrinkling) • Theory ○ General purpose  Helps make sense of what we observe  Help researcherwith methods,questions,samplefocus ○ Theory vs. other aspects of knowledge development  Theory basedon pre-existing ideas,testable,re-proven ○ In gerontology  Try to explain aging  Look at different sources(variety) □ Not only 1 theory □ Use comboperspectivesfor moreunderstanding ○ 2 levels  Micro □ Individuals  Might interact w/ other individuals □ Example: aging on individual'sself esteem  Macro □ Social structures  Social elements influence behaviourand experiences □ Example: how socialpublic pension influences happiness • Anthropology ○ Study of mankind from beginning to present day ○ Four sub fields  Socio-culture  Biological  Archeological □ Human existencein geographic space  Developed country vs. developing □ Origin of humanity □ Age as culturalconstruct □ CONSTRUCT  Social categories  Gender, beauty, illness, death } can be defined culturally and not fixed  Linguistics ○ Methods  Ethnography □ Fieldwork, participantobservation  Contributedto findings: □ Killing off really old people □ Kalahari Desert  Girls not allowed in schoolsso elderly served as teachers to the girls ○ POV on aging  Recent research □ Understanding context elderly live (region,etc) ○ Age vs Aging  Explain cultural and socialphenomenon --> AGE  Living, changesexperiencedduring life course --> AGING ○ Cultural conceptions of time and age  Relative time:events can be ordered,but not have to be precise  Absolutetime: measureand imposecultureon somethingregular (ex. Time,timezones)  Age-ambiguous □ Informal knowledge and relative age }Don't know how old □ No watches,or use moon or sun for time  Age-aware □ Informal knowledge & absoluteage } not documentedofficially  Age-explicit □ Formal knowledge & absoluteage} documentedrecords □ Know what age and have expectationsof what to do at certain age (ex. N. America)  Age-forced contexts □ Formal knowledge & relativeage} Used to be age-ambiguous and then changed (ex. Colonized) □ Age not alw
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