"Course" versus"cycle": On the understanding of understanding aging

Haim Hazan

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The gerontological usages of concepts of "course" and "cycle" to describe the process of age are employed to suggest the inadequacy of sociological analysis to understand the experience of growing old. Three ethnographic case studies are discussed to demonstrate transformations in social space, temporal perspectives and conceptual paradigms in later life. It is argued that compatibility between modes of analysis and the nature of empirical data must be established if an acceptable understanding of the ageing phenomenon is to be sought.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Aging Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes


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