Jessica C. Robbins-Panko was Interviewed by The New Books Network for “Aging Nationally in Contemporary Poland”

How embedded are the dignity and personhood of the elderly in the collective memory of their nation?

In Aging Nationally in Contemporary Poland: Memory, Kinship, and Personhood (Rutgers University Press, 2021) anthropologist Jessica C. Robbins-Panko dissects the Polish version of this story, in which the meanings and ideals both of “active aging” programs and of institutions devoted to medium- or long-term care have become caught up in the cultural, political, and economic changes that have occurred during the lifetimes of the oldest generations—most visibly, the transition from socialism to capitalism.

Listen to the full interview here.