Departmental Bulletin Paper 「老い」の可視化と「一人称の死」 : ボーヴォワール『老い』再読
Visualizing "old age" and the "deth of the first person" : rereading Simone de Beauvoir's Old Age

佐々木, 陽子  ,  ササキ, ヨウコ  ,  Sasaki, Yoko

34 ( 2 )  , pp.1 - 15 , 2015-10-01 , 鹿児島国際大学福祉社会学部
The road from "old age" to "death" is one that nearly all of us must travel. Youth is a privileged period of time when one can disregard old age and the death of the first person. The young look toward a time in the future, while the old look back at the past. Recently, Beauvoir's Old Age has been republished as a special Japanese translation, almost 40 years after itsoriginal publication. Old Age is a book that is rich in research on "old age" that is both diachronic and synchronic. It presents a panoramic view of "old age" through Beauvoir's knowledge ofethnic studies, literature, social studies, and culturalanthropology. Loneliness and anxiety,which come with old age, causes an individual to pose an existential question about human existence causing them to further denounce different conditions of "old age" that depend on an individual's circumstances, such as class. The glorification of youth in modern society can be interpreted as covering up "old age" and can even overshadow the death of the first person. The social preoccupation with youth makes the reexamination of "old age" all the more valuable. This study will also examine tales of elderly abandonment (kiro monogatari) through the examination of "old age."

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