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Title:

Problems with starość (age). On natural and scientific categories

Creator:

Gomóła, Anna

Subject and Keywords:

natural category ; scientific category ; age

Abstract:

This paper is devoted to the problem of using natural categories in scientific works. The Polish word starość (age) is used in the social sciences as a scientific term, despite the fact that it has retained its polysemy, and, more importantly, is emotionally marked. The author of this paper argues that attachment to this category of description results not only from the well-established position of the lexeme starość in the lexis of the Polish language, but it also reflects a need for a synthetic naming of the period of human life which is both analogous to childhood and holds a symmetric relation to it. The idea of a symmetry between the beginning and the end of human life appeared in the art of the sixteenth century and it was upheld by the science of the nineteenth century. Despite having been challenged by the findings of particular human sciences, this imaginary is still strong, which causes the term starość (age) to be still employed in scientific descriptions.

Place of publishing:

Wrocław

Publisher:

Instytut Socjologii Uniwersytet Wrocławski ; click here to follow the link

Contributor:

Libiszowska-Żółtkowska, Maria. Rec. ; Taranowicz, Iwona. Red. ; Grotowska, Stella. Red.

Date issued:

2014

Format:

application/pdf

Identifier:

ISBN 978-83-63322-24-3

Language:

eng

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Licence:

Rules of usage of Digital Library of Wroclaw University

Licence text:

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Rights holder:

© Copyright by Anna Gomóła

Autor opisu:

TK