Time and Aging (Book Review)

September 1982
Education;Fall82, Vol. 103 Issue 1, p89
Book Review
Time and Aging. Conceptualization and Application in Sociological and Gerontological Research. Ephraim H. Mizruchi, Barry Glassner, and Thomas Pastorello. General Hall Inc., New York. 1982. 186 pp. The publication is an outcome of the activities of the Maxwell Policy Center on Aging at Syracuse University. It consists of invited papers from some leading scholars on sociology and social philosophy of time and aging. The first paper sets the intellectual tone for the book, and establishes the framework for analyzing debate on time as a dimension as it bears on aging. In the last chapter Hendricks attempts to move beyond time as relational to lived time. Lived time follows many paths, with memory organizing remembered events and ideas as related to present focus of attention. Pastorello follows his presentation, for example, of the time paradigm with an analysis of five proposed approaches to asynchronization as related to work, education and leisure (retirement), using the paradigm's conceptual language. One participant observed that the allocation of work roles is more definite and finite than other non scarce roles. The authors propose different levels and forms of time and ways in which time constrains and free us. Many critical questions are discussed from different points of view -- must people first go to school, then work, then retire, or can this distribution of activities be reversed or changed? Why do BLacks wait longer for medical services than whites? What does it mean to be a member of an age cohort (baby boom era, etc.).


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