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ROSA, Carlos Mendes  and  DE VILHENA, Junia. Silencing old age: social wasting and subjectivation processes. Rev. Subj. [online]. 2016, vol.16, n.2, pp. 9-19. ISSN 2359-0769.

This work is a theoretical investigation about the particularities of aging in men and women in the current context of our society, taking as a reference the Brazilian middle and urban classes. We analyze some nuances of the subjectivity of the elderly, focusing on issues such as the difficulty in dealing with the aged body in a context dominated by the cult of the image, as well as the stereotypes and labels that the social imaginary creates about aging. From a historical rescue, we emphasize silence and distancing in relation to old age, especially regarding the themes of decrepitude, retirement and death, at a time when, paradoxically, old age gains new fields of circulation in the different social spheres. We also try to deconstruct the reductionist and homogenizing typologies related to aging. Finally, we address to the work of psychic elaboration necessary to face this last phase of life.

Keywords : aging; body; subjectivity; contemporaneity; psychoanalysis.

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