In Our Prime: The Invention of Middle Age

In Our Prime: The Invention of Middle Age

Patricia Cohen


From the New York occasions reporter whose beat is tradition and concepts comes a desirable, revelatory, and well timed social historical past of the idea that of center age. For the 1st time ever, the middle-aged make up the largest, richest, and so much influential section of the rustic, but the heritage of center age has remained principally untold. this significant and immensely readable booklet eventually fills the distance. In Our major is a biography of the belief of center age from its invention within the past due 19th century to its present position on the middle of yankee society, the place it shapes the best way we view our households, our expert responsibilities, and our internal lives. Patricia Cohen levels over the whole panorama of midlife, exploring how its organic, mental, and social definitions have shifted from one new release to the following. heart age has been an emblem either one of decline and of strength and wealth. Explaining why, Cohen takes readers from early-twentieth-century factories that refused to rent middle-aged males to twenty-first-century high-tech laboratories the place researchers are at present carrying out state-of-the-art experiments at the middle-aged mind and physique.

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