ethics, insight and wisdom in intergenerational life-course construction
This book aims to open debate so that issues surrounding life-course meanings – what people think is the meaning of life and what they value in life –attain a more overt status in gerontological discourse. Meaning is a social and personal matter, but also a political one; it affects political life and the preconditions for it are created politically. The approach to wisdom offered here specifically accommodates the sociality of human discourse, explicating wisdom in the context of everyday transactions – not on the model of the distant and perfect sage. It is a social, potentially political concept, with the potential to restore stature to later life: it emphasises significant groups of abilities people can work towards achieving, irrespective of whether they ‘work’. In this context, contributions by older people to the meaningfulness of human life-times can be seen not only as sources of challenge, but also sources of creativity and hope.
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