Aging, Media, and Culture

Aging, Media, and Culture

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The intersections of aging, media, and culture are under-explored given trends in population aging, rapid increases in the mediation of everyday life, and the growing cultural significance of media consumption at the global level. This book brings together an international collection of critical scholars, both well-established and up-and-coming, from the various academic disciplines that share a common interest in the future study of aging and media. This anthology of original articles integrates aging theory and media studies through a study of core issues including the media's influence on the construction of "old age," the reciprocal influence of aging on media industries, age-based identities in a mediated world, issues of gender and sexuality in an aging society, and the practical implications of a more integrated approach between the two fields. The chapters explore the intersections between aging and media in the realms of advertising/marketing, television, film, music, celebrity and social media, among more

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  • Hardback | 266 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 521.63g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 3 tables
  • 073918363X
  • 9780739183632
  • 2,147,605

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The authors provide unique perspectives of aging across the life span, and support their comments with communication research findings...The content could be an excellent platform for group discussions and recommendations for innovative methods for research, interventions and development of policies on aging issues. In addition, the text would be a valuable resource for studying the lives of future aging generations that are greatly influenced by the media and virtual realities. Anthropology & Aging In Aging, Media, and Culture, celebrities confront their aging selves and deadheads shift gears to cause gendered life-course changes. This anthology offers intriguing insights into everyday social life in postmodernity by building on and integrating the disparate literatures of gerontological and communication theories. -- W. Andrew Achenbaum, University of Houston Media and the marketplace generate powerful cultural signals about aging, which we consume as we make and manage our aging identities. From television and film to print, music, and social media, the authors' illustrations reveal just how potent these images and messages are in shaping what it means to become and be old in America. -- Richard A. Settersten, Oregon State Universityshow more

About C. Lee Harrington

C. Lee Harrington is professor of sociology and affiliate of the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Miami University. Denise D. Bielby is professor of sociology and affiliated faculty in the Department of Film & Media Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Anthony R. Bardo is a doctoral candidate in social gerontology at Miami more

Table of contents

Contents Introduction 1. New Areas of Inquiry in Aging, Media, and Culture - C. Lee Harrington, Denise D. Bielby and Anthony R. Bardo Section I. Advertising and Marketing 2. Aspiration and Compromise: Portrayals of Older Adults in Television Advertising - Shyon Baumann and Kim de Laat 3. Forever Young: The New Aging Consumer in the Marketplace - Anne L. Balazs Section II. Age Identities 4. Reflections of Old Age, Constructions of Aging Selves: Drawing Links between Media Images and Views of Aging - Anne E. Barrett, Alex Raphael, and Justine Gunderson 5. Age and Gender in Film and Television: The Case of Huong Hoang - Anthony R. Bardo Section III. Celebrity 6. Growing Old in Celebrity Culture - Hilde Van den Bulck 7. Social Meaning of Celebrities in the Everyday Lives of Nursing Home Residents: An Exploratory Study - Nathalie Claessens Section IV. Music 8. Music, Performance and Generation: The Making of Boomer Rock and Roll Biographies - Stephen Katz 9. "The Long Strange Trip" Continues: Aging Deadheads - Rebecca G. Adams, and Justin T. Harmon Section V. Fandom 10. A Life Course Perspective on Fandom - C. Lee Harrington and Denise D. Bielby 11. Breaking Dusk: Fandom, Gender/Age Intersectionality, and the "Twilight Moms" - Christine Scodari Section VI. Gender and Sexuality 12. "Let's do it Like Grown-Ups": A Filmic Menage of Age, Gender, and Sexuality - Leni Marshall and Aagje Swinnen 13. Sexualizing the Third Age - Barbara L. Marshall Section VII. Social/New Media 14. Learning New Tricks: The Use of Social Media in Later Life - Kelly Quinn 15. Polite Pigs and Emotional Elves: Age in Digital Worlds - Rosa Mikeal Martey Afterwords 16. "Time to Grow Up": The Study of Media and Aging as a Field in its Infancy - Cornel Sandvoss 17. A View from Gerontology - Merril Silversteinshow more

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