Decline and Progress Narrative

Sarah Falcus, Stefanie El Madawi

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Decline narrative and progress narrative are terms associated with the work of prominent age critic Margaret Morganroth Gullette. The decline narrative understands aging as a process of loss and diminution, as movement along the life course is characterized by increasing restriction and decreasing capability. The progress narrative – though it may take different forms – stands in opposition to this and challenges the agist master narrative of aging as decline.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging
EditorsDanan Gu, Matthew E. Dupre
PublisherSpringer, Cham
Number of pages1
ISBN (Electronic)9783319698922, 9783030220105, 9783030220099
ISBN (Print)9783030220082, 9783030220105
Publication statusPublished - 3 Nov 2021


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