"Written by a sociologist, one of our most prominent authorities on ageing, this book provides a comprehensive and insightful overview of the key debates in the field."
"Polity's 'key concepts' book series focuses on highly complex concepts, and this definitely holds for Phillipson's subject matter: ageing. The series is also meant to get to the heart of debates about the meaning and usage of concepts and, again, this book delivers. Phillipson provides a clear critical outline of crucial issues surrounding ageing. The book draws on historical developments, provides succinct overviews of current situations and speculates on possible futures."
Social Policy and Administration
"Phillipson sets out to challenge the assumptions about ageing and provide a systematic overview of the nature and development of ageing societies."
Journal of Social Policy
"Like other books in the series it provides a concise and informative approach to concepts that have a high degree of complexity surrounding them, getting to the heart of debates about meaning and usage, this time in relation to ageing."
"A work of critical gerontology such as this has the benefit of encouraging reflection and offering more questions than answers: an ideal approach for teachers and students of gerontology."
Canadian Journal on Aging
"Chris Phillipson is one of our most prominent authorities on ageing. In this book he provides a comprehensive and insightful overview of the key debates in the field, addressing both how we should understand the phenomenon of ageing and also its consequences for an increasingly globalized world."
Julia Twigg, University of Kent
"In Ageing , Chris Phillipson explains and critiques social science contributions to understanding and moulding the way we think about older people and population ageing. Foremost among its many merits are exceptional clarity and comprehensibility. Both new and long-term students of the field will profit greatly from reading this book."
Tony Warnes, University of Sheffield
Phillipson makes clear that the face of ageing is changing in response to wide-reaching currents sweeping around the globe. As is apparent throughout Ageing , the discussion of what is fair and appropriate is shifting as the political economic forces of national and international development redefine what it means to grow old. A real tour de force from an internationally recognized scholar."
Joe Hendricks, Oregon State University
A key strength of this publication is the rich contextual background it provides, with welcome coverage of international variations in ageing and thought-provoking suggestions on as to how institutions can successfully adapt to the changing demographic
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