Politics, Power and Old Age

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Open University Press, 1999 - Social Science - 164 pages
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Politics, Power and Old Age introduces ideas, dilemmas and controversies about the way that lives of elderly people are shaped by patterns of power. It is about politics in the broadest sense and about old age as a contested part of contemporary social life. John Vincent applies ideas about power and ageism in specific areas such as lifestyles, personal identity, appearance, and intergenerational conflicts as well as pensioners' movements, party politics and elections. He includes original research into the role of age based issues in the 1997 British General election and research on the social construction and negotiation of identity in old age. He also brings together material from a range of British, American and European studies of relevance to the theme of politics and old age. Throughout, he explores global and historical trends in ageing but relates these to personal dilemmas and interpersonal relationships.

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