Becoming and Being Old: Sociological Approaches to Later Life

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Bill Bytheway, Mrs E Teresa Keil, Dr Patricia Allatt
SAGE, Dec 16, 1988 - Old age - 192 pages
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In this volume contributors examine the assumptions normally made about the elderly and offer differing sociological perspectives on becoming and being old, and on the concept of age itself. Instead of seeing the elderly in terms of needs, they offer alternative analyses in light of class, gender and race. Examining the life-cycle perspective on old age, they show how retirement from the workforce is only one aspect of becoming old, and arguably one which is important for only a minority of the ageing population.
 

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Contents

BECOMING
6
Becoming Old in the 1980s
24
Employment and Ambiguity in Later Life
41
Men Experiencing Leisure through Retirement
55
BEING
72
a Case Study
93
Social Class and Housing
104
The Living Arrangements of the Elderly in Europe in
121
OLD
143
Does Age Matter? The Case of Old Age in Minority Ethnic
158
Notes on Contributors
176
Subject Index
183
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