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Håkan Jönson

Håkan Jönson

Professor

Håkan Jönson

A new age of old age? : gerotranscendence and the re-enchantment of aging

Författare

  • Håkan Jönson
  • Jan Arne Magnusson

Summary, in English

Gerotranscendence theory is reviewed regarding its content, development, diffusion, impact, empirical results, and ontology. Gerotranscendence theory describes a ''natural'' alteration of consciousness in old age leading to ''wisdom'' and a qualitative break with a mid-life rational and materialist world-view. According to the theory, gerotranscendence is obstructed by a lack of alternative values and roles in old age in Western societies. Theoretically and in clinical practice, gerotranscendence theory has been linked to psychoanalysis. It is concluded that gerotranscendence theory is empirically weak, has parallels in the New Age movement as well as in romantic Orientalism, and can be understood as an attempt to re-enchant aging.

Avdelning/ar

  • Socialhögskolan

Publiceringsår

2001

Språk

Engelska

Sidor

317-331

Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie

Journal of Aging Studies

Volym

15

Issue

4

Dokumenttyp

Artikel i tidskrift

Förlag

Elsevier

Ämne

  • Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified

Nyckelord

  • Disengagement
  • Gerontology
  • Gerotranscendence
  • Theory
  • Wisdom

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Övrigt

  • ISSN: 0890-4065