Wise Old Men (and Women). Recovering a Positive Anthropology of Aging

  • Søren HolmEmail author
Part of the International Perspectives on Aging book series (Int. Perspect. Aging, volume 25)


This chapter discusses if and how we can recover a more positive anthropology of aging. I argue that we can discern important characteristics that only the old can possess. In particular, having lived a long life is strongly and reliably linked to having a store of first-person experiences that the young cannot have. Therefore the old are more likely to provide knowledge about social change and the pursuit of a good life.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of ManchesterManchesterUK

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