An ethnographic look at grieving, giving, and growing older.
"Aging and Loss is a mournful book that treats loss as both a space of emptiness and a temporality of creativity. Achingly beautiful about aging and death in a country where both are rising today."
Anne Allison, author of Precarious Japan (Duke University Press 2013)
"Jason Danely’s book represents an excellent contribution to our understanding of aging in Japan and provides an important exploration of the intersection of religion and aging."
John W. Traphagan, Professor of Religious Studies, University of Texas Austin, Author of Rethinking Autonomy: A Critique of Principlism in Biomedical Ethics (SUNY 2013)
Based on nearly a decade of research, Aging and Loss examines how the landscape of aging is felt, understood, and embodied by older adults themselves. In detailed portraits, anthropologist Jason Danely delves into the everyday lives of older Japanese adults as they construct narratives through acts of reminiscence, social engagement and ritual practice, and reveals the pervasive cultural aesthetic of loss, burden, abandonment, and hope.
This is the first volume in the new series, Global Perspectives on Aging, edited by Sarah Lamb (Brandeis) and published by Rutgers University Press.