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Elders Reflect on Elder Tales: Developmental Tasks and the Virtue of Transcendence

Elders Reflect on Elder Tales: Developmental Tasks and the Virtue of Transcendence This article focuses on Allan B. Chinen's In the Ever After: Fairy Tales and the Second Half of Life and the nine individuals who were part of the study group in Chinen's text. This study was organized by the Hesston Senior Center located in Hesston, Kansas and conducted over an eight week period in the autumn of 1998. In this article, we interrogate the presentation of key ideas in Chinen's text, provide a transcription of the elders' reaction to Chinen's ideas, and analyze these reactions. The findings of the study provide impressionistic support of Chinen's idea that individuals in the second half of life should and do engage in developmental tasks. Though Chinen suggests three virtues related to developmental tasks—transcendence, wisdom, and self-knowledge—this article focuses on transcendence as a virtue as seen in elder tales. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Aging and Identity Springer Journals

Elders Reflect on Elder Tales: Developmental Tasks and the Virtue of Transcendence

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2000 by Human Sciences Press, Inc.
Subject
Social Sciences; Sociology, general
ISSN
1087-3732
eISSN
1573-3491
DOI
10.1023/A:1009545415032
Publisher site
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Abstract

This article focuses on Allan B. Chinen's In the Ever After: Fairy Tales and the Second Half of Life and the nine individuals who were part of the study group in Chinen's text. This study was organized by the Hesston Senior Center located in Hesston, Kansas and conducted over an eight week period in the autumn of 1998. In this article, we interrogate the presentation of key ideas in Chinen's text, provide a transcription of the elders' reaction to Chinen's ideas, and analyze these reactions. The findings of the study provide impressionistic support of Chinen's idea that individuals in the second half of life should and do engage in developmental tasks. Though Chinen suggests three virtues related to developmental tasks—transcendence, wisdom, and self-knowledge—this article focuses on transcendence as a virtue as seen in elder tales.

Journal

Journal of Aging and IdentitySpringer Journals

Published: Oct 6, 2004

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