Sallie Han, (Anthropology, SUNY Oneonta) and Jason Antrosio (Anthropology, Hartwick College) are the co-editors of the March 2017 issue of Open Anthropology on the theme of “Advancing Age: Anthropological Perspectives on Being and Growing Older.”
Being and growing old variously represents a hope, a fear, and an expectation of what awaits us in the future, however near or distant it might be. The March 2017 issue of Open Anthropology explores the experiences of older people in diverse cultural and social contexts, and the approaches and insights that anthropologists have applied and gained in their studies of aging.
“In a youth-oriented society such as the United States today, being and growing older is not uncommonly talked and thought about in negative terms that emphasize decline and diminishment,” Sallie Han and Jason Antrosio write in their Editors’ Note. “Yet, seniority is also associated with knowledge, experience, and wisdom, and elder status is understood to be deserving of deference, respect, and even celebration.”
The 10 articles and 6 book and film reviews included in this issue are curated from the publications of the American Anthropological Association.
The articles will remain open access for six months. Access the issue here: http://www.americananthro.org/StayInformed/OAIssueTOC.aspx?ItemNumber=21201