A social version of gerotranscendence: case study

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Abstract

This article reexamines the concept of gerotranscendence in the light of anthropological findings. Particular social patterns in a nursing home reveal a unique reality communal to its tenants. The author assumes that the tenants' spontaneous patterns of social gathering construct a collective death consciousness which is spiritual in its nature. Tornstam's term “another paradigm” seems suitable not only for a developmental shift in old age but also for the situational shift in the daily life of the subjects. Anthropological concepts, as well as contextual and inter-subjective parameters, join to indicate that some gerotranscendence dimensions are experienced in what the author terms as “sitting” and “giving” episodes.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)105-114
JournalJournal of aging and identity
Volume6
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2001

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