Welcome to Middle Age!
(And Other Cultural Fictions)
In this volume, anthropologists, behavioral scientists, and historians explore topics ranging from the Western ideology of "midlife decline" to cultural representations of mature adulthood that operate without the category of middle age. The result is a fascinating, panoramic collection that explores the myths surrounding and the representations of mature adulthood and of those years in the life span from thirty to seventy.
Introduction: Welcome to Middle Age! by Richard A. Shweder
1: Midlife Discourses in the Twentieth-Century United States: An Essay on the Sexuality, Ideology, and Politics of "Middle-Ageism"
Margaret Morganroth Gullette
2: Deconstructing the Change: Female Maturation in Japan and North America
3: The Search for Middle Age in India
4: Status Reversal: The Coming of Aging in Samoa
5: The Return of the "White Man's Burden": The Moral Discourse of Anthropology and the Domestic Life of Hindu Women
Usha Menon, Richard A. Shweder.
6: Fertility and Maturity in Africa: Gusii Parents in Middle Adulthood
Robert A. LeVine, Sarah LeVine.
7: Children of the 1960s at Midlife: Generational Identity and the Family Adaptive Project
Thomas S. Weisner, Lucinda P. Bernheimer.
8: Place and Race: Midlife Experience in Harlem