This chapter outlines the aims of the book. It contextualises these aims within a thematic review of ageing studies in anthropology and cognate disciplines. It highlights the lack to date of an ethnographic account of the experiences of ageing in a non-institutionalised Western context and then lays out a new framework for the anthropology of ageing. The chapter focuses on the ways in which theoretical anthropological perspectives on selfhood, temporality and narrativity can inform a fuller account of experiences of ageing. Reciprocally, it also introduces the notion that such bodies of literature can be enriched by considering the distinctive positionality of older people themselves. The chapter concludes with a summary of the book’s chapters.
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