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No Aging in India: Alzheimer's, The Bad Family, and Other Modern Things

Lawrence Cohen


From the opening sequence, in which mid-nineteenth-century Indian fishermen hear the possibility of redemption in an old woman's madness, this book captures the reader with its interplay of story and analysis. Drawing on more than a decade of ethnographic work, the book links a detailed investigation of mind and body in old age in four neighborhoods of the Indian city of Varanasi (Banaras) with events and processes around India and around the world. This exploration of senility—encompassing not only the aging body but also larger cultural anxieties—combines insights from medical anthropology, ... More

Keywords: Indian fishermen, redemption, old age, Varanasi, Banaras, India, senility, aging body, cultural anxieties, gerontologies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780520083967
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520083967.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lawrence Cohen, author