Unmasking Age: The Significance of Age for Social Research
What is age? A simple question but not that easy to answer. 'Unmasking Age' addresses it using data from a series of research projects relating to later life. This is supplemented by material from a range of other sources including diaries and fiction. Drawing on a long career in social research, Bill Bytheway critically examines various methods and discusses ways of uncovering the realities of age.
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1 Introducing age
2 Researching age
3 Age and time
4 Representations of age
5 Growing older in an ageing body
6 Being older
7 A great age
8 The ageing population
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