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Roszak - The Making of an Elder Culture (2009) - Synopsis

Roszak - The Making of an Elder Culture (2009) - Synopsis

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Synopsis of Theodore Roszak, The Making of an Elder Culture: Reflections on the Future of America's Most Audacious Generation (Gabriola Island, BC: New Society Publishers, 2009). -- Discussed at Digging Deeper (www.ufppc.org) on April 11, 2011.
Synopsis of Theodore Roszak, The Making of an Elder Culture: Reflections on the Future of America's Most Audacious Generation (Gabriola Island, BC: New Society Publishers, 2009). -- Discussed at Digging Deeper (www.ufppc.org) on April 11, 2011.

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UFPPC ( www.ufppc.org ) Digging Deeper CLV: April 11, 2011, 7:00 p.m. 
Theodore Roszak,
The Making of an Elder Culture: Reflections on the Future of America's Most Audacious Generation
(Gabriola Island, BC: New SocietyPublishers, 2009).
[
Thesis.
The aging Boomer generation hasthe potential to achieve a values-changingsocial revolution.]
Acknowledgments.
"[T]he good people atSecond Journey" and the Gray Panthers of Berkeley (ix).
Ch. 1: Maturity Rules.
The prominence of aging in the U.S., Europe, and Japan is asustained demographic trend (1-7). "Theelder culture . . . promises to be the roadtoward a saner, more compassionate, moresustainable world" (8; 8-17).
Ch. 2: Boomers: Act Two.
Musings on theSixties (19-26). The political impact of theBaby Boomers elicited a strong conservativereaction (26-33). Historical circumstances(the endgame of "urban-industrial society")favor this generation (33-40).
Ch. 3: You Say You Want a Revolution.
Boomers' longevity is a fruit of reformsspurred by the horrors of the IndustrialRevolution (41-45). "[L]ongevity is
good 
(46;45-50). AARP is an indicator of their politicalclout (50-55). Their enemies are on the right(55-70).
Ch. 4: Elder Insurgency.
Maggie Kuhn,elder visionary and founder of the GrayPanthers (71-74). Elders must combat thosewho regard them as an expensive problem(74-80). "So what?" if health care costs arespiraling: they should be seen as aproductive investment (86; 80-90). Eldervoluntarism can give rise to a"compassionate sector" of the economy (90-94). The rich and right-wing will fight againstthis—and lose (94-98). Prediction: arebellion of private caregivers will provide aturning point (98-104).
Ch. 5: Entitlements for Everyone.
Extending the entitlements of the welfarestate in the face of neoconservativeresistance is this generation's mission (105-35).
Ch. 6: Utopia Revisited—An Exercise inCultural Anthropology.
How threepractical utopias envisioned in the Sixties(Paul Goodman's
dual economy,
JohnKenneth Galbraith's
cyclically graduated compensation
, and Robert Theobald's
guaranteed annual income
) weredisappeared (137-64).
Ch. 7: The Doors of Perception.
Theaging of the generation that produced thepsychedelic drug culture will be a richspiritual harvest (165-92).
Ch. 8: Aging and the Alpha Male.
Withinsights gained from feminism, thisgeneration will overcome the "false elders"of the alpha-male traditional culture andembrace a more healthy, balancedpsychology (193-208).
Ch. 9: Love, Loyalty and the End of Sex.
The Boomer generation experimented boldlywith sex, but will grow into a philosophy of "loyalty as, if not the highest then at leastthe final, stage of love" (222; 209-23).
Ch. 10: Ecology and Longevity.
Dismissalof doomsday environmental perspectives(225-51).
Ch. 11: Welcome to Eldertown.
Redesigning urban space for a post-automobile society (253-66). Alternatives tocurrent models of retirement (266-77).
Ch. 12: Something Eternal.
Tolstoy's
TheDeath of Ivan Ilych
(279-81). A letter to theauthor's daughter after surviving a medicalcrisis: "[N]one of the 'little' things are reallylittle" (282; 282-84). Thornton Wilder's
Our Town
(284-86).
Appendix—From Counter Culture toElder Culture: Issues and Insights forDiscussion.
8 pp.
Endnotes.
6 pp.
Index.
6 pp.
About the Author.
 
Theodore Roszak 
isbest known for
The Making of a Counter Culture
, published in the late 1960s, but he

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