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Contexts of Ageing : Class, Cohort and Community

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We live in ageing societies. Age preoccupies governments as much as individuals. Most people reaching retirement no longer face a future of impoverishment and destitution. A new affluence has spread across society and across the life course. Instead of being concerned with the negative connotations of old age, this book acknowledges that for many people looking forward to retirement, later life has changed for the better. With this positive outcome for older people have come policy and social dilemmas for governments and individuals alike.
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  • Hardback | 218 pages
  • 154 x 228 x 22mm | 439.99g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1, black & white illustrations
  • 0745629490
  • 9780745629490
  • 2,315,423

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We live in ageing societies. Age preoccupies governments as much asindividuals. A new affluence has spread across society and acrossthe lifecourse. For many people looking forward to retirement, later life has changed for the better. But with this positiveoutcome for older people have come policy and social dilemmas forgovernments and individuals alike.

Drawing on a wide range of sources, this book analyses thesocial nature of later life in the context of the history ofwelfare states, the emergence of consumer society and the growth ofindividualism. The book argues that the third age, its origins, identity and contradictions are central to understanding the futureof our society.

"Contexts of Ageing" is certain to stimulate academic debate. Itis also appropriate for adoption on a range of courses. The book iswritten in a lively and accessible way, giving it appeal toupper-level undergraduates and postgraduates taking courses insociology, social policy and health studies. Students andprofessionals working in the areas of nursing, health care andsocial gerontology will also find this book of interest.
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Table of contents

Preface.Acknowledgements.Chapter 1. Introduction.Chapter 2. Class, Modernity and the Lifecourse.Chapter 3. The Nature of Class in Later Life.Chapter 4. Cohort and Generation and the Study of Social Change.Chapter 5. Later life and the two generational fields of modernity.Chapter 6. Community and the nature of belonging.Chapter 7. Community in Later Life.Chapter 8. Fog-lamps and Leitmotifs.Notes.References.Index
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"An extremely valuable contribution to the sociological literature." Kate Davidson, Sociology "The most cogent attempt so far to force a sea-change in the way we think about old age." Simon Biggs, Ageing and Society "A provocative analysis which should stimulate fresh thinking and new research in the field of ageing." Chris Phillipson, Keele University "Contexts of Ageing is an important profound, contribution to the literature. Like a fine wine, the reader savours the careful use of language and fresh insights brought forward by Gilleard and Higgs. This book is to be read carefully, for the authors compel their readers to expand their minds and challenge conventional wisdom about the past, present, and future of the ageing society. Contexts of Ageing is a must read." Scott A. Bass, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
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About Chris Gilleard

Chris Gilleard, Director of Psychology at South West London and St. George's Mental Health Trust Paul Higgs Senior, Lecturer in Sociology at University College, London
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