Good Company: An Anthropological Study of Old People in Groups - Dorothy JerromeEdinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1992, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Previous owners' name to the first blank.
Contains: Charts; Graphs; Diagrams; Tables;
From the cover: “A range of lifestyles exists in retirement, and one of them — a group normally ignored in the literature of anthropology and gerontology — is the focus of Good Company. It is a study of older people living an active and independent life within the community, those who are not reliant on the social services but who are socially engaged and vitally concerned with the issue of survival.
The study shows how old people devise strategies for living. Together, members of the elderly peer group construct a set of meanings which sustain them in their individual passages through time. Throughout, they are seen offering encouragement and imposing constraints on each other in the pursuit of shared goals. Chapters deal with friendship — a crucial area of experience — health and sickness, beliefs about ageing, death and dying, age-group solidarity, loneliness and the possibilities for intervention by well-meaning outsiders, and it breaks new ground in both anthropology and gerontology.”