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WGBH Forum Network; Aged by Culture

04/27/2006

Aged by Culture Margaret M. Gullette, writer, resident scholar, Brandeis "We are aged more by culture than by chromosomes" says Margaret M. Gullette, discussing the personal, social and economic impacts of American ageism and middle ageism. The way Americans have come to view aging past youth has been affected recently by Supreme Court decisions, and movements to counter midlife. Gullette examines contemporary American attitudes about age, observing that our culture has bought into the notion of aging as a woeful wait for death, characterized by unattractive physical decline and social disdain. Margaret Morganroth Gullette is Resident Scholar at the Women Studies Research Center at Brandeis University and author of the prizewinning Declining to Decline and Aged by Culture.


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WGBH Forum Network
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Aged by Culture
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3080

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AGED BY CULTURE MARGARET M. GULLETTE, WRITER, RESIDENT SCHOLAR, BRANDEIS

"WE ARE AGED MORE BY CULTURE THAN BY CHROMOSOMES" SAYS MARGARET M. GULLETTE, DISCUSSING THE PERSONAL, SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF AMERICAN AGEISM AND MIDDLE AGEISM. THE WAY AMERICANS HAVE COME TO VIEW AGING PAST YOUTH HAS BEEN AFFECTED RECENTLY BY SUPREME COURT DECISIONS, AND MOVEMENTS TO COUNTER MIDLIFE. GULLETTE EXAMINES CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN ATTITUDES ABOUT AGE, OBSERVING THAT OUR CULTURE HAS BOUGHT INTO THE NOTION OF AGING AS A WOEFUL WAIT FOR DEATH, CHARACTERIZED BY UNATTRACTIVE PHYSICAL DECLINE AND SOCIAL DISDAIN. MARGARET MORGANROTH GULLETTE IS RESIDENT SCHOLAR AT THE WOMEN STUDIES RESEARCH CENTER AT BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY AND AUTHOR OF THE PRIZEWINNING DECLINING TO DECLINE AND AGED BY CULTURE.

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Video

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Chicago: “WGBH Forum Network; Aged by Culture,” 04/27/2006, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 9, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_78CB4E76E7F1453294981B1898A59FCE.
MLA: “WGBH Forum Network; Aged by Culture.” 04/27/2006. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 9, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_78CB4E76E7F1453294981B1898A59FCE>.
APA: WGBH Forum Network; Aged by Culture. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_78CB4E76E7F1453294981B1898A59FCE
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