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Age in America: The Colonial Era to the Present

Corinne T. Field and Nicholas L. Syrett (eds)

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781479870011
eISBN:
9781479840595
Item type:
book
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479870011.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This volume brings together scholars of childhood, adulthood, and old age to explore how and why particular ages—such as sixteen, twenty-one, and sixty-five—have come to define the rights and ... More


Monitoring the boundaries of age: intra-generational perspectives on ‘old age’

Degnen Cathrine

in Ageing selves and everyday life in the north of England: Years in the making

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780719083082
eISBN:
9781781706244
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719083082.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

In this chapter, attention is turned to how the boundaries of ‘old age’ are delineated by older people intra-generationally amongst peers. Chapter Four brings into focus a cultural account of the ... More


Delineating Old Age: From Functional Status to Bureaucratic Criteria

W. Andrew Achenbaum

in Age in America: The Colonial Era to the Present

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781479870011
eISBN:
9781479840595
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479870011.003.0015
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter is about elderly Americans who fall into the category of older age, those in their seventies, eighties, and nineties. W. Andrew Achenbaum argues that chronological age has become a poor ... More


Introduction

Corinne T. Field and Nicholas L. Syrett

in Age in America: The Colonial Era to the Present

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781479870011
eISBN:
9781479840595
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479870011.003.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

The introduction lays out the overall goals of this volume, which are: to demonstrate how and why particular ages—such as sixteen, eighteen, and sixty-five—have come to define rights, cultural ... More


Age and Retirement: Major Issues in the American Experience

William Graebner

in Age in America: The Colonial Era to the Present

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781479870011
eISBN:
9781479840595
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479870011.003.0010
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter divides the history of retirement in America into four distinct phases. In the colonial and early national periods, people used functional age—what they could do and how they felt—to ... More


“Old Enough to Live”: Age, Alcohol, and Adulthood in the United States, 1970–1984

Timothy Cole

in Age in America: The Colonial Era to the Present

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781479870011
eISBN:
9781479840595
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479870011.003.0012
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter explains how reforms of the 1970s and 1980s redefined eighteen-to-twenty-year-olds as legal adults who can’t legally drink alcohol. In the early 1970s, state and federal governments ... More


To Infinity and Beyond: Children’s Play in the Electronic Age

Jeanne Pitre Soileau

in Yo' Mama, Mary Mack, and Boudreaux and Thibodeaux: Louisiana Children's Folklore and Play

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781496810403
eISBN:
9781496810441
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496810403.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

Children’s play is adaptive and the electronic age offers an exciting range of new possibilities. Along with radio television, and IPods, children now play on YouTube, Facebook, Smartphones, Xboxes, ... More


Old Rubbish

Scott Herring

in The Hoarders: Material Deviance in Modern American Culture

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780226171685
eISBN:
9780226171852
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226171852.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter examines how accounts of pathological hoarding emerged alongside accounts of pathological old age. It explores how cultural depictions of aging recluses fostered stereotypes of the ... More


Statutory Marriage Ages and the Gendered Construction of Adulthood in the Nineteenth Century

Nicholas L. Syrett

in Age in America: The Colonial Era to the Present

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781479870011
eISBN:
9781479840595
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479870011.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter is about the different ages at which states allowed men and women to marry. With and without parental consent, almost all states through the twentieth century allowed girls to marry ... More


“Rendered More Useful”: Child Labor and Age Consciousness in the Long Nineteenth Century

James D. Schmidt

in Age in America: The Colonial Era to the Present

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781479870011
eISBN:
9781479840595
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479870011.003.0008
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter, by James D. Schmidt, demonstrates that the spread of age consciousness in nineteenth-century America was driven largely by the interlocking enforcement of child labor, compulsory school ... More


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