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Ruth E. Ray is professor of English/liberal arts at Wayne State University. Toni Calasanti is professor of sociology at Virginia Tech.
Chapter 1: Studying the 'Burden' of Age: The Work of the Hannan Archival Research Group
Part 2 Part I: The Burden of Age in the Great Depression
Chapter 3 Chapter 2: Public Response to the Needs of Old People
Chapter 4 Chapter 3: Private Response to the Needs of Old People
Part 5 Part II: This Old Man and That Old Woman
Chapter 6 Client Sketches
Part 7 Part III: Old Age in Hard Times
Chapter 8 Chapter 4: The Multiple Roles of Social Workers in the Great Depression
Chapter 9 Chapter 5: Resisting Dependence and Burden: On Refusing to Become a 'Little Old Lady'
Chapter 10 Chapter 6: Privileged but Pensioned? How Two Formerly Well-Off Women Experienced Receiving Aid
Chapter 11 Chapter 7: What is Held Dear: Personhood and Material Culture in Old Age
Chapter 12 Chapter 8: Race, Class, Gender and the Social Construction of 'Burden' in Old Age
Chapter 13 Chapter 9: The Haunting Fear: Narrative Burdens in the Great Depression
Part 14 Part IV: Rethinking the 'Burden' of Age
Chapter 15 Chapter 10: Reflections on Ageism: Perspective of a Septuagenarianon the Avoidance of Burdenhood
Chapter 16 Chapter 11: The Continuing Struggle for Old-Age Security
Chapter 17 Chapter 12: Toward a Future When We Truly Care for Old People
Chapter 18 Afterword: From Charity to Care
Using an innovative and interdisciplinary approach, this book examines the construction and experience of (old-age_ burden and dependency in depression era America and beyond. Fourteen scholars from a range of disciplines came together over two years to read and discuss the same materials and to create, successfully, ‘a new object which belongs to no one’.
Even with a multiplicity of perspectives, the book achieves coherence, with many connections across the chapters and an overarching desire to investigate, problematise, and overcome discourses of burden and their effects.
This is a book of wide relevance, not just for social gerontologists in their many guises, but to anyone seeking a model of how deep and coherent interdisciplinary work can be managed.
— Journal of Ageing & Society