Unmasking Age: The Significance of Age for Social Research

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Policy Press, 2011 - Social Science - 243 pages
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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Contents

1 Introducing age
1
2 Researching age
23
3 Age and time
51
4 Representations of age
75
5 Growing older in an ageing body
91
6 Being older
117
7 A great age
137
8 The ageing population
163
9 Gerontologists and older people
187
10 Getting real
207
Postscript
217
Notes
221
Appendix
223
References
227
Index
239
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Bill Bytheway, Faculty of Health and Social Care, The Open University

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