This ground-breaking study of the baby boomer generation, who are now entering old age, breaks new ground in ageing research. This post-war cohort has experienced a range of social, cultural, and medical changes in regard to their notions of body, from the introduction of the Pill and the decoupling of sex and procreation to the H-Bomb and Earthrise. Yet, paradoxically, ageing is also universal. This exciting book reflects the intersection of time, ageing, body and identity to give a more nuanced and enlightened understanding of the ageing process.
Dr Naomi Woodspring completed her PhD in 2014 and is now a Research Fellow, University of the West of England as part of the Bristol Ageing Better project. Prior to returning to university as a late life learner, she had her own consulting firm providing sustainable solutions to organisational and community challenges. She also worked as a psychotherapist in a wide variety of settings from a managing a community prison project to Native American communities.
Introduction: the curiosity of ageing body, time, and identity;
The appearance of time;
Body and identity;
The past and present converge;
The future ;
Chiasm, the intersection of time, embodiment, and identity;
Time will tell.
"An important study of the 'baby boomer' generation, drawing upon an impressive body of scholarship. The study explores some fascinating links between the experiences of this cohort in the 1960s and the shaping of attitudes and identity in later life." Chris Phillipson, University of Manchester
"The Baby Boomers revolutionized being young. As time catches up with them they are destined to change what it means to grow older. Woodspring's study gives us a fascinating perspective on what that might look like." Jan Baars, University for Humanistic Studies, The Netherlands
"Baby Boomers' variegated dimensions assure its potential, as the cohort comes face to face with advanced ageing and dying, to transform interpersonal relations and societal structures. Naomi Woodspring, a Boomer herself, rethinks the meanings and contexts of time and embodiment in later years. Baby Boomers offered me fresh perspectives." W. Andrew Achenbaum, University of Houston