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Title:
The Eye of Beauty: Creating a Place for Elite and Aging Elders
Author:
Kuhn, Meredith Green
Issue Date:
2008
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
In the last twenty years retirement and assisted living communities have become fixtures of the American aging landscape. The material and ideological organization of this industry not only indicates corporate preparation for the "graying of America" but represents the proliferating and changing representations of the elderly in our country. This study broadly aims to understand the moral geographies created through the industry's integrated and segregated models of elder care as well as the ideological formation of good health as a symbol of ideal moral "citizenship" in retirement and assisted living communities. More specifically, this dissertation explores how one small development company in the southwest sought, through an organizational discourse known as the Eye of Beauty, to diminish the social marginalization experienced by older elders in America. I argue that the material environments of retirement and assisted living communities "frame" their residents in ways that have deep implications for elder identities, identity management, and cultural citizenship and that the Eye of Beauty brought an effective challenge to the dominant classificatory and hierarchical authority of the industry.
Type:
text; Electronic Dissertation
Degree Name:
PhD
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Anthropology; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Hill, Jane; Basso, Ellen
Committee Chair:
Hill, Jane; Basso, Ellen

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dc.language.isoENen_US
dc.titleThe Eye of Beauty: Creating a Place for Elite and Aging Eldersen_US
dc.creatorKuhn, Meredith Greenen_US
dc.contributor.authorKuhn, Meredith Greenen_US
dc.date.issued2008en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractIn the last twenty years retirement and assisted living communities have become fixtures of the American aging landscape. The material and ideological organization of this industry not only indicates corporate preparation for the "graying of America" but represents the proliferating and changing representations of the elderly in our country. This study broadly aims to understand the moral geographies created through the industry's integrated and segregated models of elder care as well as the ideological formation of good health as a symbol of ideal moral "citizenship" in retirement and assisted living communities. More specifically, this dissertation explores how one small development company in the southwest sought, through an organizational discourse known as the Eye of Beauty, to diminish the social marginalization experienced by older elders in America. I argue that the material environments of retirement and assisted living communities "frame" their residents in ways that have deep implications for elder identities, identity management, and cultural citizenship and that the Eye of Beauty brought an effective challenge to the dominant classificatory and hierarchical authority of the industry.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Dissertationen_US
thesis.degree.namePhDen_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineAnthropologyen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorHill, Janeen_US
dc.contributor.advisorBasso, Ellenen_US
dc.contributor.chairHill, Janeen_US
dc.contributor.chairBasso, Ellenen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberWoodson, Drexelen_US
dc.identifier.proquest2700en_US
dc.identifier.oclc659750521en_US
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