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Where Are the Bones in Their Noses?

Community Aged in North

American RV Camps and in

Papua New Guinea


Dorothy Counts and David Counts



    This comparative photo essay by the husband-and-wife anthropologist team, Dorothy and David Counts, considers how elders fit into varied social configurations. As depicted in their book Over the Next Hill (2001), they undertook a “preretirement” research project literally on the road, in communities forged within mobile home encampments throughout North and Central America. Their chapter considers this research on the gerontology of mobility and contrasts it with their earlier, decades long, fieldwork in Papua New Guinea.




Counts, D. A., and D. R. Counts. 2001. Over the Next Hill: An Ethnography of RVing Seniors in North America, 2nd ed. Toronto, Canada: Broadview.


Counts, D. A., and D. R. Counts. 2004. “The Good, the Bad, and the Unresolved Death in Kaliai.” Social Science & Medicine 58(5):887–97.




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