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Tornstam produces an inclusive, developmental approach to growing older that invites gerontologists as well as the rest of us to reconsider aging from an array of perspectives in this increasingly multicultural, multifaceted, interactive world. His theory flies in the face of more commonly invoked theories of aging, particularly activity theory, allowing manifold images of later life to materialize from reality and an emergence of the importance of individual meaning to describe phenomena.

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He has set a standard that will inspire both scientific investigation as well as practice in the professions. More questions will undoubtedly be asked as others are inspired by Tornstam's gound-breaking work. Moody , PhD, Director of Academic Affairs, AARP, in The Gerontologist The book therefore provides a record of how a pioneer conceived executed, and defended theory building on the micro to intermediate level in a scientific field of inquiry that James Birren characterised as data-rich and theory-poor Gerotranscendence is an important book, a testimony to the continuing need for theory-building that widens our field of vision conceptually and practically.

Tornstam's book is chock full of fresh insight and substantial evidence, supporting his convincing argument that gerontologists have, for too long, circled their wagons around one theory of aging activity theory with too little attention to the 'subjects' of their enquiries-older people themselves-in all their diversity and abundance of unique personal experiences of growing older Tornstam provides an alternative way to see the world-'a theoretical tool that makes certain parts of reality comprehensible'.

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Gerotranscendence

Temporarily Out of Stock Online Please check back later for updated availability. Tornstam's latest book explores the need for new theories in gerontology and sets the stage for the development of his theory of gerotranscendence. This theory was developed to address what the author sees as a perpetual mismatch between present theories in social gerontology and existing empirical data.


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  • The gerotranscendent individual typically experiences a redefinition of the Self and of relationships to others and a new understanding of fundamental existential questions: The individual becomes less self-occupied and at the same time more selective in the choice of social and other activities. There is an increased feeling of affinity with past generations and a decreased interest in superfluous social interaction.

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    The individual might also experience a decrease in interest in material things and a greater need for solitary "meditation. There is also often a feeling of cosmic communion with the spirit of the universe, and a redefinition of time, space, life and death. About the Author Lars Tornstam, PhD, is a pioneer of Swedish social gerontology, who wrote the first Swedish doctoral thesis within the field of gerontological sociology back in Show More.

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    It is not the old disengagement theory in new disguise. Rather, it is a theory that describes a developmental pattern beyond the old dualism of activity and disengagement.

    The author supports his theory with insightful qualitative in-depth interviews with older persons and quantitative studies. In addition, Tornstam illustrates the practical implications of the theory of gerotranscendence for professionals working with older adults in care settings. A useful Appendix contains suggestions of how to facilitate personal development toward gerotranscendence.

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    Lars Tornstam, PhD, is a pioneer of Swedish social gerontology, who wrote the first Swedish doctoral thesis within the field of gerontological sociology back in At Uppsala University he launched the first Swedish academic courses in gerontology and did the same in Denmark during a five year stay as adjunct professor of social gerontology at the University of Copenhagen.

    He has also been one of the leaders of a Swedish nation-wide, cross faculty, research program Elderly in society - Past, present and in the future , where he himself focused his research on empirical studies of what today is labeled ageism. Tornstam is now holding the first Swedish chair in social gerontology at Uppsala University, where he is the leader of The Social Gerontology Group. The wide range of research activities of this group are described in detail at the award winning web site: www.