Lessons on Aging and Dying (Writing Lives: Ethnographic Narratives) (Original PDF)
This book is a poetic inquiry that calls upon the lyrical in narrative and poetic forms to enter its subject. It also is an autoethnography that examines culture through the deployment of the self. Framed by introductory and concluding remarks, the book is organized around three developmental stages. The initial pages, “Beginnings,” recognize the author’s birth into the end, a time when he knew he had arrived at a place beyond middle age. The middle unit, “From Here to There,” displays an unsettled settling in, driven by an ongoing tension between resistance and acquiescence. It serves as a transitional stage into “Endings,” the final section that anticipates death’s imminent arrival and speculates about how author might meet his end. Together, these units provide opportunities for identification, speculation, and resistance.
Published as part of the prestigious autoethnographic series Writing Lives: Ethnographic and Autoethnographic Narratives, and written by one of the foremost academics in the fields of communication and performance studies, this text is particularly suitable for students and researchers in subjects such as relational and family communication, gerontology and end-of-life care, and performance studies.