The symptoms of middle age are often defined in terms of lower back pain, mortgages, and an aversion to loud late-night activities. This construction of midlife , most often rendered in chrological, biological and medical terms, has become an accepted reality to European Americans, and has spread to n-Western capitals such as Tokyo and New Delhi. This study explores the significance of this pervasive cultural representation compared to other cultures where middle age does t exist. It examines topics ranging from the Western ideology of midlife decline , to cultural representations of mature adulthood which igre middle age. It also looks at the myths surrounding the life span from 30 to 70.
The University of Chicago Press
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John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Series on Mental Health and Development