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Aging as a Human Condition
Radical Uncertainty and the Search for a Good (Old) Life


“Aging as a Human Condition” will provide nuanced portraits through experience-near studies carried out over longer time spans aiming to transcend longstanding dichotomies in the anthropological and sociological study of old age between active and passive, successful and failed, healthy and impaired aging.

Additionally the project aims to provide theoretical elaboration of phenomenology as a “middle ground” between the exploration of old age as a universal human condition and as socially differentiated.


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