2014 AAA Aging and Life Course Interest Group Guide




Anthropology News: Special Focus. Aging Center Stage. November 2009. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1556-3502.2009.50805.x/pdf




Danley, J. and C. Lynch. 2013. Transitions and Transformations: Cultural Perspectives on Aging and the Life Course. Book series: Aging, Culture and the Life Course: Global Transformations, NY: Berghahn.

Harper, S. 2006 Ageing Societies.  Oxford, ENG: Oxford University Press.

Sokolovsky, J. (ed.) 2009 The Cultural Context of Aging: Worldwide Perspectives, 3nd ed. Westport, CT: Praeger/Greenwood. http://faculty.usfsp.edu/jsokolov/ 4th edition is in the works

J. Graham and P. Stephenson (eds.) 2010. Anthropology and Aging: Contesting the Paradigm of Loss, Toronto: University of Toronto Press.



Aging, Culture and the Life Course, Berghahn Press. Jay Sokolovsky, Editor 

Global Perspectives on Aging, Rutgers University Press, Sarah Lamb, Editor



Bateson, Mary Catherine. 2010. Composing a Further Life: the Age of Active

Wisdom. New York: Knopf.

Brijnath, B. 2014. Unforgotten: Love and the Culture of Dementia Care in India.  NY: Berghahn.

Danley, J. 2015. Aging and Loss: Mourning and Maturity in Contemporary Japan. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

Degnen, C. 2012.  Ageing Selves and Everyday Life in the North of England: Years in the Making. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Fonchingon, C.  2013. Growing Old in Cameroon: Gender, Vulnerability, and Social Capital. Washington, DC: University Press of America.

Kanamoto, I. 2010. Aging Among Japanese American Immigrants: Activating Ethnicity New York: Routledge.

Kawano, S. 2010. Nature’s Embrace: Japan’s Aging Urbanites and Changing New Death Rites. University of Hawaii Press.

Legat, A. 2012. Walking the Land, Feeding the Fire: Knowledge and Stewardship Among the Tlicho Dene. University of Arizona Press.

Lloyd-Sherlock, P. 2010. Population ageing and international development

From generalisation to evidence. Bristol, UK: Policy Press.

Lock, M. 2013.  The Alzheimer Conundrum: The Alzheimer Conundrum: Entanglements of Dementia and Aging.

            Princeton University Press.

Lynch, C. 2012. Retirement on the Line: Age, Work, and Value in an American Factory. Ithaca: ILR Press.

Matsumoto, Y. 2011. Faces of Aging: The Lived Experiences of the Elderly in Japan. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press.

Nicolas, A. 2011.  From Process to Procedure: Elders' Mediation and Formality in Central Ethiopia. Berlin, GER: Harrassowitz Press.

Parsons, M. 2014. Dying Unneeded: The Cultural Context of the Russian Mortality Crisis. Nashville, Vanderbilt University Press.

Prendergast, D. and C. Garattini. eds. 2015.  Aging and the Digital Life Course. Book series: Aging, Culture and the Life Course: Global Transformations, NY: Berghahn.

Suzuki, N. 2013.  The Anthropology of Aging and Well-being: Searching for the Space and Time to Cultivate Life Together. Senri Ethnological Studies, 80. Osaka, Japan: National Museum of Ethnology.

Suzuki, N. 2014. The Anthropology of Care and Education for Life: Searching for Resilient Communities in Multicultural Aging Societies. SES No. 87 Osaka, National Museum of Ethnology.

Wentzell, Emily. 2013. Maturing Masculinities: Aging, Chronic Illness, and Viagra in Mexico. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press.

Yoo, G. and B. Kim. Caring. 2014. Across Generations: The Linked Lives of Korean American Families. NY: NYU Press.



Aboderin, I. 2006.  Intergenerational support and old age in Africa. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction.

Aguilar, M. ed., 2006. Rethinking age in Africa: Colonial, post-colonial, and contemporary interpretations of cultural representations. Lawrenceville, New Jersey: Africa World Press.

Alber, E,. van der Geest, S. and S. Whyte eds. 2008. Generations in Africa: Connections and Conflicts. Berlin, GER: Verlag.

Bledsoe, C. 2002.  Contingent lives: Fertility, time and aging in West Africa. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Cliggett, L. 2005. Grains from grass: Aging, gender and famine in rural Africa. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

Crews, D. 2003. Human Senescence: Evolutionary and Biocultural Perspectives. Cambridge:Cambridge University Press.

Eschenbruch, E. 2006.  Nursing stories: life and death in a German hospice. N.Y.: Berghahn.

Francis, D., L. Kellaher and G. Neophytou. 2005. The Secret Garden. NY: Berg.

Freidenberg, J. 2000 Growing Old in El Barrio. New York: New York University Press.

Guo, Z. 2000. Ginseng and aspirin: Health care alternatives for aging Chinese in New York. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

Harper, S. and R. Goodman, eds. 2008.  Ageing in Asia. London: Routledge.

Ikels, C. 2004. Filial Piety: Practice and discourse in contemporary East Asia. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

Kaufman, S. 2005.  And a time to die: How American hospitals shape the end of life. New York: Scribner

Kreager, P. and E. Schröder-Butterfill (eds.) (2005) Ageing without children: European and Asian perspectives on Elderly access to support networks, Oxford, UK: Berghahn.

Lamb, S. 2000. White Saris and Sweet Mangoes: Aging, Gender and the Body in North India, Berkley, CA: Univ. of California Press. Available as an ebook

Lamb, S. 2009. Aging and the Indian Diaspora: Cosmopolitan Families in India and Abroad. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Leibing, A. and L. Cohen. eds. 2006. Thinking about dementia: Culture, loss and the anthropology of senility. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

Leidy, L. (2006) Menopause: A biocultural perspective. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.

Makoni, S. & K. Stroeken, eds. 2002 Ageing in Africa: Sociolinguistic and anthropological approaches. Burlington VT: Ashgate.

Margolies, L. 2004. My mother’s hip: Lessons from the world of eldercare. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

McLean, Athena (2006) The person in dementia: A study of nursing home care in the US. Orchard Park, NY: Broadview Press.

McNally, M. 2009. Honoring Elders: Aging, Authority, and Ojibwe Religion.  New York: Columbia University Press.

Newman, K. (2003) A Different shade of gray: Midlife and beyond in the inner city. New York: The New Press.

Norwood, F. 2009. The Maintenance of Life: Preventing Social Death Through Euthanasia Talk and End-of-Life Care - Lessons from the Netherlands. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press.

Oliver, C. 2007. Retirement Migration: Paradoxes of Ageing. Routledge

Rawlins, J. 2006. Midlife and older women: Family life, work and health in Jamaica. Kingston: Univ of West Indies Press.

Rodwin, V. and M. Gusmano, eds. 2006    Growing Older in World Cities: New York, London, Paris and Tokyo.. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press.

Rowles, G. and H. Chaudhury, eds. 2008. Home and Identity in Late Life: International

            Perspectives. New York: Springer.

Sanjek, R. 2009. Gray Panthers. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Savishinsky, J. 2000. Breaking the watch: The meanings of retirement in America. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

Solimeo, S. 2009. With Shaking Hands: Aging with Parkinson’s Disease in America’s

            Heartland. Piscataway, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

Stafford, P. 2009. Elderburbia: Aging and a Sense of Place in America. Westport, CT:


Sievert, L. 2006. Menopause: A Biocultural Perspective. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers Univ Press.

Shield, Renee Rose and Aronson, Stanley M, 2003. Aging in Today's World: Conversations between an Anthropologist and a Physician New York: Berghahn.

Stafford, P. ed., 2003. Gray areas: Ethnographic encounters with nursing home culture. New Brunswick Santa Fe: School of American Research Press.

Thang, Leng Leng (2001) Generations in touch: Linking the old and the young in a Tokyo neighbourhood.  Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press.

Traphagan, J. (2000) Taming oblivion: Aging bodies and the fear of senility in Japan. Albany, NY: SUNY Press.

-------- (2004) The practice of concern: Ritual, well-being, and aging in rural Japan. Durham: Carolina Academic Press.

van Willigen, John and N.K. Chadha. 1999. Social Aging in a Delhi

Neighborhood. Westport, CT: Bergin and Garvey.

Woolfson, P. 1997.  Old age in transition: The geriatric ward. Westport, CT.: Greenwood Press.

Shenk, D. 1998. Someone to lend a helping hand: Women growing old in rural America. Newark, NJ: Gordon and Breach.

Van Willigen, J. and N.K. Chadha. 1999. Social aging in a Delhi neighborhood. Westport, CT: Bergin and Garvey.

Vesperi, M. (1998) City of green benches: Growing old in a new downtown. 2nd Edition. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press.


Aguilar, A., ed., 1998. The Politics of Age and Gerontocracy in

            Africa: Ethnographies of the Past and Memories of the Present. Lawrenceville, N.J.: Africa World Press.

Albert, S.M. and M. G. Cattell. 1994. Old Age in Global Perspective: Cross‑Cultural and Cross‑Na­tional Views. New York: G.K. Hall.

Amoss, P. and S. Harrell. eds. 1981. Other ways of growing old: Anthropological perspectives. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.

Beyene, Y. (1989) From menarche to menopause: reproductive lives of peasant women in two cultures. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.

Clark, Margaret and Barbara Anderson (1967) Culture and aging: An anthropological study of older Americans. Springfield, IL: Charles Thomas.

Cole, J and D. Durham. 2007. Generations and globalization: youth, age, and family in the new world economy.. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

Counts, Dorothy and David Counts (eds.) (1985) Aging and its transformations: Moving toward death in pacific societies. New York: University Press of America.

Cowgill, D. and Holmes, L.D., eds. 1972. Aging and Modernization. New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts.

Crews, D. and R. Garruto. 1994. Biological Anthropology and Aging: Perspectives on

Human Variation over the Life Span. New York: Oxford University Press.

Curry, Leslie, Shield, Renee R and Wetle, Terrie (Eds.) 2006. Improving Aging and Public Health Research: Qualitative and Mixed Methods. Washington, DC: GSA/APHA.

Fry, C. 1980 Aging in culture and society: Comparative viewpoints and strategies. Brooklyn, NY: J.F. Bergin.

-------- (1981) Dimensions: Aging, culture and health. Brooklyn, NY: J.F. Bergin.

Fry, C. and J. Keith. 1986. New Methods for Old Age Research. South Hadley, MA:

Bergin and Garvey.

Hareven, T. (Ed.). (1995).  Aging and Generational relations over the life course: A historical and cross cultural perspective.  Hawthorne, NY: Walter de Gruyter & Co.

Hashimoto, A. 1996. The Gift of Generations: Japanese and American Perspectives on Aging and the Social Contract. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press.

Henderson, J. N., & Vesperi, M. D. eds. 1995.  The culture of long term care: Nursing home ethnography.  Westport,  CT: Greenwood. 

Holmes, L. and E. Rhoads, 1995. Other Cultures,  Elder Years. (2nd Edition) Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Ikels, C. 1983. Aging and Adaptation: Chinese in Hong Kong and the United States, Hamden, CT, Archon Books,.

Keith, J. 1982. Old People, New Lives: Community Creation in a Retirement Residence.

Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Keith, J., C. Fry, A.P. Glascock, C. Ikels, J. Dickerson-Putnam, H.C. Harpending and P. Draper. 1994. The Aging Experience: Diversity and Commonality Across Cultures. Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Kerns, Virginia and Judith Brown (eds.) (1992) In her prime: New views of middle‑aged women, 2nd edition. Urbana: Univer­sity of Illinois Press.

Phoebe S. Liebig and S. Irudaya Rajan, eds. 2004.  Aging India: Perspectives, Prospects, and Policies. Haworth Press. (originally published in Vol. 15 nos. 2/3 in the Journal of Quality Assurance in Hospitality and Tourism Services.)

Myerhoff, B. and A. Simic (eds.) (1978) Life’s career-aging: Cultural variations on growing old. Beverly Hills: Sage.

Prendergast, D. 2005. From Elder to Ancestor: Old Age, Death and Inheritance in Modern Korea,

            Kent, ENG: Global Oriental Monograph Series.

Putnam‑Dickerson, J. and J. Brown. 1998. Women Among Women: Anthropological Perspectives on Female Age‑Hierarchies. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press.

Rowles, G. and N. Schoenberg, eds. 2002. Qualitative Gerontology: Contemporary Perspectives. New York: Springer.

Rubinstein, R. Anthropology and Aging: Comprehensive Reviews, Kluwer, 1990.

P. Silverman (ed.). 1987. The elderly as modern pioneers. Bloomington, Indiana University Press.

Schweitzer, M.  1991. Anthropology of Aging: A Partially Annotated Bibliography, Westport CT: Greenwood.

Simmons, L.W. 1945. The Role of the Aged in Primitive Society. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University press.


Becker, G. 1980. Growing old in silence. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Francis, D. 1984. Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m 84?  Bloomington, IN: Indiana Univ Press.

Kaufman, S. 1986. The ageless self: Sources of meaning in late life. Madison, WI: Univ of Wisconsin Press.

Cohen, L. 1998. No aging in India, Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Counts, D. and D. Counts. 1996. Over the next hill: An ethnography of RVing seniors in north America. Petersborough, Ont.: Broadview. (Associated photo essay “Where are the bones in their noses” David Counts and Dorothy Counts http://faculty.usfsp.edu/jsokolov/webbook/counts.pdf)

Hazan, H. 1980. The Limbo people. Boston: Routledge and Kegan.

Kinoshita, Y. and C. Kiefer. 1992. Refuge of the Honored: Social Organization in a Japanese Retirement Community. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Myerhoff, B. 1978. Number Our Days. New York: E.P. Dutton.

Rasmussen, Susan . 1997. The poetics and politics of Tuareg aging: Life course and personal destiny in Niger. DeKalb, IL: Northern Illinois University Press.

Savishinsky, J. 1991. The ends of time: Life and work in a nursing home. New York: Bergin and Garvey.

Shield, Renee Rose. 1988. Uneasy Endings: Daily Life in an American Nursing Home, Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.


Shenk, D. and J. Sokolovsky. 1999.  Teaching About Aging:  Interdisciplinary and Cross-Cultural Perspectives, 3rd Edition)  Jointly published by AAGE and AGHE – details at: http://faculty.usfsp.edu/jsokolov/guide.htm

The Cultural Context of Aging Web Site:   http://faculty.usfsp.edu/jsokolov/syllabi.htm

S. E. Johnson. Teaching project using the HRAF files: “Culture and Aging: A Research Project in Completed Fertility & Subsistence Practices, Productivity & Aging, and Social Networks & Aging.”      http://hraf.yale.edu/resources/faculty/teaching-ehraf/1-18-culture-and-aging/

Shalev,  A. 2009. Visions of Aging: Images of the Elderly in Film, Sussex Academic Press.                                        

Maria Vesperi. 2009.  “Integrating Aging into Anthropology Curricula.” Anthropology News, November 2009: Issue Focused on Aging and the Life Course, Volume 50, Issue 8, http://faculty.usfsp.edu/jsokolov/maria%20an%20news.PDF

10 classic articles from early editions of The Cultural Context of Aging http://faculty.usfsp.edu/jsokolov/webbook/


Video talks/ learning modules

Web video Training program in Cultural Competency in nursing homes http://www.downstate.edu/geriatricfellowship/competency/competency.html

Video Training Modules to Enhance Cultural Competency



Case example Anthropology Rounds: http://www.downstate.edu/geriatricfellowship/lectures.html


Aging and Anthropology Blogs

Phil Stafford’s “Adventures in Eldurbia,: http://agingindiana.wordpress.com/

PAAGE - COMING SOON to the AAGE website. Ender Ricart, Peggy Perkinson, Maria Cattell are building, PAAGE.

an interactive web-based forum that will include short commentaries and the opportunity for responses and discussion.



Anthropology and Aging - http://anthro-age.pitt.edu/ojs/index.php/anthro-age/index


Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology www.springerlink.com/content/102929/  - NoteFull access to content: recent special issues on: Social Change in Africa and Biological anthropology; Hispanic Aging.

Age Culture Humanities http://ageculturehumanities.org/WP/

International Journal of Ageing and Later Life http://www.ep.liu.se/ej/ijal/

AARP International: The Journal (www.aarpinternational.org/journal)


Journal of Aging Studies http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/08904065

Ageing and Society http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=ASO


AAGE: Association for Anthropology and Gerontology, http://anthropologyandgerontology.com/

Interest Group on Aging and the Life Course – American Anthropological Association

IUAES Commission on Aging and the Life Course - Leng Leng Thang, Chair.

IAGG (International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics) http://www.iagg.info

Aging in Developing Countries Network, http://adcnet.psc.isr.umich.edu/links

NANAS North American Network of Aging Studies http://agingstudies.org/NANAS/

ENAS European Network of Ageing Studies http://www.agingstudies.eu/

HelpAge International has loads of information, great for quick country comparisons.  http://www.helpage.org/



The Global AgeWatch Index ranks countries by how well their older populations are faring: http://www.helpage.org/global-agewatch/

AARP Global Aging Page -  www.aarpinternational.org

The Cultural Context of Aging Web Page http://faculty.usfsp.edu/jsokolov/IndexNew.htm

The Aging in Developing Countries network  http://adcnet.psc.isr.umich.edu/people/

AGE Euro http://www.age-platform.org/


An older population: The Older Population in the United States Population Estimates and Projections

Current Population Reports Issued May 2014 P25-1140 By Jennifer M. Ortman, Victoria A. Velkoff,    http://www.census.gov/prod/2014pubs/p25-1140.pdf

Ageing in the 21st Century (UNFPA and HelpAge International, 2012) http://unfpa.org/ageingreport/

Multicultural Competency in Geropsychology, 2013. www.apa.org/pi/aging/programs/pipeline/multicultural-geropsychology.aspx

Global Population Ageing: Peril or Promise? World Economic Forum, http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_GAC_GlobalPopulationAgeing_Report_2012.pdf

Global Population Ageing: Peril or Promise, Geneva: World Economic, 2012 http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_GAC_GlobalPopulationAgeing_Report_2012.pdf

Kevin Kinsella, K. and W. He. 2008. An Aging World 2008. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Census Bureau. http://www.census.gov/prod/2009pubs/p95-09-1.pdf 

Global Health and Aging (WHO): www.who.int/ageing/publications/global_health.pdf

 Older Americans 2012: Key Indicators of Well-Being  http://www.agingstats.gov/Main_Site/Data/2012_Documents/docs/EntireChartbook.pdf                                    


Health Wellbeing and Aging in Latin America and the Caribbean, 2004:


The Comparative Study of Aging and Health in Asia (AHA), http://aha.psc.isr.umich.edu/research.html

The Global Aging Initiative (Center for Strategic and International Studies) http://csis.org/node/13319/publication gateway to new reports on China, Latin America and Post-Industrial Societies.