Ageing, Ritual and Social Change: Comparing the Secular and Religious in Eastern and Western Europe (AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society Series)

Ageing, Ritual and Social Change: Comparing the Secular and Religious in Eastern and Western Europe (AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society Series)

By: Daniela Koleva (author), Peter Coleman (editor), Joanna Bornat (editor), Dr. Rebecca Catto (series_editor), Professor, Dr. Linda Woodhead (series_editor)Paperback

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Exploring European changes in religious and secular beliefs and practices related to life passages, this book provides a deeper understanding of the impacts of social change on personal identity and adjustment across the life course, According to latest research, Europeans who consider religious services appropriate to mark life passages significantly outnumber those who declare themselves as believers. Drawing on fascinating oral histories of older people's memories in both Eastern and Western Europe, this book presents illuminating views on peoples' quests for existential meaning in later life. Ageing, Ritual and Social Change presents an invaluable resource for all those exploring issues of ageing, including those looking from perspectives of sociology and psychology of religion, social and oral history and East-Central European studies.

About Author

Peter G. Coleman is Professor of Psychogerontology at the University of Southampton, England, a joint appointment between the Faculties of Social & Human Sciences and of Medicine. Most of his research relates to mental health issues, especially the functions of reminiscence and sources of self-esteem and meaning in later life. In more recent years he has focused on the role of religion and spirituality with ageing. He is the author of Ageing and Reminiscence Processes: Social and Clinical Implications (Wiley 1986), Ageing and Development: Theories and Research with Ann O'Hanlon (Arnold, 2004), and Belief and Ageing: Spiritual Pathways in Later Life (Policy Press, 2011). He has co-edited textbooks for the British Society of Gerontology, and made contributions to various handbooks on the subjects of Gerontology, Clinical Psychology and Spirituality. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK). Daniela Koleva is Associate Professor at the Department for History and Theory of Culture, Sofia University. Her research is in the fields of oral history and anthropology of socialism and post-socialism, biographical and cultural memory, biographical methods, social constructivism. She has published a monograph on the 'normal life course' in socialist Bulgaria (Biography and Normality, 2002, in Bulgarian) and has (co)edited a few collective volumes and collections of life stories. Her current work is on vernacular memory of socialism in Bulgaria, everyday ethnic and religious identities and forms of their expression. Edited books include: Negotiating Normality: Everyday Lives in Socialist Institutions. Transaction, forthcoming May 2012; 20 Years after the Collapse of Communism: Expectations, achievements and disillusions of 1989. (ed. with Nicolas Hayoz and Leszek Jesien), Peter Lang, 2011; Childhood under Socialism. (ed. with Ivan Elenkov) Sofia: CAS/Riva 2010 (in Bulgarian). Joanna Bornat is Emeritus Professor of oral history at the Open University having retired from that institution in 2009. She is joint editor of the journal Oral History and a committee member of the UK Oral History Society. She has a longstanding interest in oral history and ageing and her research interests include reminiscence in care settings, the oldest generation and family relationships, older women's lives, migration and ethnicity and community oral history. Most recently she has been involved in research which considers substantive, ethical and methodological issues in the re-use or secondary analysis of archived interviews. Recent books include: Bornat, J 'Remembering in Late Life: Generating individual and social change', in Donald Ritchie (ed) The Oxford Handbook to Oral History, New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.


Contents: Preface; Part I Setting the Scene: Introduction: ageing and ritual in a changing Europe, Peter G. Coleman, Daniela Koleva and Joanna Bornat; The challenge of difference: approaching comparative oral history, Joanna Bornat. Part II Ritual and Story in Bulgaria, Romania and the UK: 'I will die Orthodox': religion and belonging in life stories of the Socialist era in Romania and Bulgaria, Simina Badica; 'God can wait'; composing non-religious narratives in secular and post-Communist societies, Hilary Young; Ineffable silence and the sacred: crucial moments in life histories, Sidonia Grama; Performing social normativity: religious rituals in secular lives, Daniela Koleva. Part III Death and Loss: Personal ideologies of death: shaping the (post)self in rituals, Galina Goncharova; Belief in the context of bereavement: the potential therapeutic properties associated with religious belief and ritual, John H. Spreadbury. Part IV Gendered Ageing and Religion: Social change and well-being: the place of religion in older Bulgarian men's lives, Ignat C. Petrov and Peter G. Coleman; Religiosity and women's ageing: biographical perspectives, Teodora Karamelska. Part V Review and Conclusions: Ritual in the changing lives of the very old, Peter G. Coleman, Sidonia Grama and Ignat C. Petrov; Reflections on the study: why are there no simple answers?, Joanne Bornat and Daniela Koleva; Appendices; Index.

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  • ISBN13: 9781409452157
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 304
  • ID: 9781409452157
  • weight: 576
  • ISBN10: 1409452158

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