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Reading Our Lives: The poetics of growing old

William L. Randall and Elizabeth McKim


This book examines aspects of aging that are commonly overlooked by dominant conceptual models in gerontology, which focus on the observable, measurable, or “outside” dimensions of aging. Drawing on the emerging field of narrative gerontology, it provides conceptual-theoretical support to scholars of aging who are interested in bringing such topics as reminiscence and life review more into the center of gerontological inquiry. Although aging has often been framed in terms of a narrative of inevitable decline, a more positive portrayal of aging becomes possible as the focus is placed on the int ... More

Keywords: aging, development, gerontology, life review, meaning, memory, narrative, reminiscence, spirituality, wisdom

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195306873
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306873.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William L. Randall, author
St. Thomas University

Elizabeth McKim, author
St. Thomas University