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Joel Savishinsky

Discipline: Anthropology

Joel Savishinsky is the Charles A. Dana Professor Emeritus in the Social Sciences at Ithaca College. He is a cultural anthropologist and gerontologist, with a Ph.D. from Cornell (1970) and 40 years of teaching experience. His interests include environments and cultural stress, intergenerational relations, and the humanistic aspects of the aging process. He began his career doing archaeology in Western Turkey, and then did research among hunting-fishing-and-trapping peoples in the Canadian Arctic, and subsistence communities in the Bahamas. Now specializing in gerontology, he has done applied social research among residents and staff in American nursing homes, among family caregivers in a working class borough of London, England, and among retirees in the United States and India. His books include The Trail of the Hare: Environment and Stress in a Sub-Arctic Community (1974, 2nd ed., 1994), The Ends of Time: Life and Work in A Nursing Home (1991), and Breaking The Watch: The Meanings of Retirement in America (2002). The latter two volumes each won the Gerontological Society of America’s ‘book of the year’ prize for innovative publishing. With his wife Susan — a social worker – he has taught on Semester at Sea’s Spring 1994, Fall 2000 and Fall 2010 voyages.