Social Theory, Social Policy And Ageing: A Critical Introduction: Critical Perspectives

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McGraw-Hill Education (UK), Nov 1, 2003 - Social Science - 191 pages
In this important new book, three leading social theorists of old age present a critical review of key theoretical developments and issues influencing the study of adult ageing. The authors explore contemporary trends in social policy drawing on the experience of ageing in the USA, Europe and an increasingly global environment.

Particular attention is given to feminist perspectives on ageing, ethics and bio-medicine, successful and productive ageing, globalization and migration and the politics of ageing. Consideration is given in each case to the interaction between structural influences on social ageing and the experience of age and identity. The work ends with a manifesto for social theory, social policy and social change.

Social Theory, Social Policy and Ageing will be valuable reading for advanced students and practitioners taking courses in social theory, the sociology of old age and social gerontology.
 

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Contents

Social theory and ageing
8
Age and identity
25
Productive ageing selfsurveillance and social policy
63
Biomedicalization ethics and ageing
79
Ageing and globalization
102
The politics of ageing
122
future tasks for a critical gerontology
145
Bibliography
155
Index
185
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