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Temporal Experiences of the Elderly: Different Times?

Monique Membrado

The purpose of this text is to show the individuality of the aging process and how the sociology of aging contributes to the conceptualization of time. We try and see in what way an analysis of the way in which generations at the latter end of life relate to time puts into question the major temporal models and may contribute to a new approach to the sociology of ages. This question, which underlines four of the texts in this number of our review invites the reader to make an at least partial foray into the sociological approaches to time and, more precisely, into social time. The first part is devoted to a critical perspective of sociological approaches to time, while the second is concerned with the temporal experiences of the elderly as seen through sociological theories of aging.