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No Aging in IndiaAlzheimer's, The Bad Family, and Other Modern Things$
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Lawrence Cohen

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780520083967

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520083967.001.0001

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The Body in Time

The Body in Time

In which things Disappear, or Merely Seem To

(p.291) Nine The Body in Time
No Aging in India

Lawrence Cohen

University of California Press

This chapter presents and reflects upon the letters of the author's grandmother. It notes that the seeming universality of old age draws simultaneously on the hegemony of certain representations of the old and on the universals of the body. Around the world, for those who survive into old age, eventual debility and death are certainties. But the material effects of death are variable. Though the author's paternal grandmother never mentioned being old in her letters, old age was addressed obliquely throughout. The chapter also considers why many people don't care about Alzheimer's disease. In locating the problem solely in the old person's brain, Alzheimer's denies multiple frames of difference in the constitution of the senile body. At the same time, societies are confronted with new circulations of technology and new hierarchies of embodiment as their forms of marginalization within the world system shift.

Keywords:   grandmother, Alzheimer's, old age, marginalization, modernity, senile

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