What Is Age Studies?


  • Stephen Katz Trent University, Peterborough, Canada





Author Biography

Stephen Katz, Trent University, Peterborough, Canada

Stephen Katz is Professor of Sociology at Trent University, Peterborough, Canada. He is author of the books Disciplining Old Age and Cultural Aging and of numerous articles on critical gerontology and the aging body. His current research is about the cultural aspects of memory and cognitive impairment and a new book on Body, Mind and Self in Later Life. In 2009 he received the prestigious Trent University Distinguished Research Award for his work in critical aging studies.


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Ehrenreich, Barbara. “Smile or Die.” Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America. New York: Metropolitan, 2009. 15-44.

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Hendricks, Jon. “Coming of Age: Critical Gerontologists Reflect on Their Own Aging, Age Research and the Making of Critical Gerontology.” Journal of Aging Studies 22:2 (2008): 109-114.

Katz, Stephen. “Aging.” Macmillan Encyclopedia of Aging. Ed. David J. Ekerdt. New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2002. 45-49.

———. “Critical Gerontological Theory: Intellectual Fieldwork and the Nomadic Life of Ideas.” The Need for Theory: Critical Approaches to Social Gerontology. Ed. Simon Biggs, Ariela Lowenstein, and Jon Hendricks. Amityville, NY: Baywood, 2003. 15-31.

———. Cultural Aging: Life Course, Lifestyle and Senior Worlds. Peterborough, Ont.: Broadview, 2005.

———. “Hold On! Falling, Embodiment and the Materiality of Old Age.”Corpus: An Interdisciplinary Reader on Bodies and Knowledge. Ed. MonicaJ. Casper and Paisley Currah. New York: Palgrave, 2011. 187-205.

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Woodward, Kathleen, ed. Figuring Age: Women, Bodies, Generations. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1999.




How to Cite

Katz, S. “What Is Age Studies?”. Age, Culture, Humanities: An Interdisciplinary Journal, vol. 1, Jan. 2014, pp. 17-23, doi:10.7146/ageculturehumanities.v1i.129947.



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