Nobody's Burden

Nobody's Burden : Lessons from the Great Depression on the Struggle for Old-Age Security

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Nobody's Burden: Lessons on Old Age from the Great Depression is the first book-length study of the experience of old-age during the Great Depression. Part history, part social critique, the contributors rely on archival research, social history, narrative study and theoretical analysis to argue that Americans today, as in the past, need to rethink old-age policy and accept their shared responsibility for elder care. A must read for historians, gerontologists, and social more

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  • Paperback | 378 pages
  • 150.37 x 227.58 x 26.67mm | 557.92g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0739165321
  • 9780739165324
  • 2,111,510

About Ruth E. Ray

Ruth E. Ray is professor of English/liberal arts at Wayne State University. Toni Calasanti is professor of sociology at Virginia more

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Studying the 'Burden' of Age: The Work of the Hannan Archival Research Group Part 2 Part I: The Burden of Age in the Great Depression Chapter 3 Chapter 2: Public Response to the Needs of Old People Chapter 4 Chapter 3: Private Response to the Needs of Old People Part 5 Part II: This Old Man and That Old Woman Chapter 6 Client Sketches Part 7 Part III: Old Age in Hard Times Chapter 8 Chapter 4: The Multiple Roles of Social Workers in the Great Depression Chapter 9 Chapter 5: Resisting Dependence and Burden: On Refusing to Become a 'Little Old Lady' Chapter 10 Chapter 6: Privileged but Pensioned? How Two Formerly Well-Off Women Experienced Receiving Aid Chapter 11 Chapter 7: What is Held Dear: Personhood and Material Culture in Old Age Chapter 12 Chapter 8: Race, Class, Gender and the Social Construction of 'Burden' in Old Age Chapter 13 Chapter 9: The Haunting Fear: Narrative Burdens in the Great Depression Part 14 Part IV: Rethinking the 'Burden' of Age Chapter 15 Chapter 10: Reflections on Ageism: Perspective of a Septuagenarianon the Avoidance of Burdenhood Chapter 16 Chapter 11: The Continuing Struggle for Old-Age Security Chapter 17 Chapter 12: Toward a Future When We Truly Care for Old People Chapter 18 Afterword: From Charity to Careshow more

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Using an innovative and interdisciplinary approach, this book examines the construction and experience of (old-age_ burden and dependency in depression era America and beyond. Fourteen scholars from a range of disciplines came together over two years to read and discuss the same materials and to create, successfully, 'a new object which belongs to no one'. Even with a multiplicity of perspectives, the book achieves coherence, with many connections across the chapters and an overarching desire to investigate, problematise, and overcome discourses of burden and their effects. This is a book of wide relevance, not just for social gerontologists in their many guises, but to anyone seeking a model of how deep and coherent interdisciplinary work can be managed. Journal of Ageing & Societyshow more