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Discourses on Aging and Dying by Suhita Chopra Chatterjee


Discourses on Aging and Dying by Suhita Chopra Chatterjee

Aging and dying are inevitable. However, coming to terms with this truth can be difficult, especially in the modern context with an excessive dependence and faith in biomedicine. Advances in biomedicine and life-prolongation strategies along with changes in social-cultural structures pose a different kind of predicament - the percentage of aging population is on the rise and, at the same time, traditional strategies for taking care of the elderly and their problems are being replaced by more impersonal state-driven methods. India, with its large population, poor biomedical facilities for the average person and widespread poverty, yet fast changing attitudes towards family and the aged, faces a great crisis today. The collection of essays in this volume addresses different aspects of this issue. The first section is both philosophical and prescriptive. It explores our rich religious and philosophical tradition to probe the very concepts of life and death and then suggests strategies - age old and time-tested - for coping with the inevitability of aging and dying. Hindu, Buddhist and Islamic perspectives on aging, dying, euthanasia and related concepts are explored and coping strategies suggested. The second section deals with socio-ethical issues related to aging and dying in the Indian context, in light of the existing state of affairs and possible directions for the future. The third and final section looks at the most pressing problems that confront both Indian society and medicine - end-of-life care.


Discourses on Aging and an unusual book in the sense that it explores the truth about...inevitable yet painful bodily processes from widely different perspectives, ranging from the philosophical, spiritual and ethical to the political and medical. -- The Telegraph The book has a thoughtful, philosophical and rich content on the subject of `discourses on ageing and dying
and will help researchers as a good comprehensive compilation and consolidated reference material on the subject and will reduce the fears and frustrations of ageing in society

. -- Journal of Health Management The book is a welcome initial introduction to its chosen theme for those coming from other faiths and parts of the world and will hopefully provoke further debate on issues related to ageing in East and West. -- Carla Risseeuw

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Publication date

13th May 2008


Suhita Chopra Chatterjee

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SAGE Publications Inc


272 pages


Sociology: death & dying



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