Contexts of Ageing: Class, Cohort and Community / Edition 1

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We live in ageing societies. Age preoccupies governments as much as individuals. A new affluence has spread across society and across the lifecourse. For many people looking forward to retirement, later life has changed for the better. But with this positive outcome for older people have come policy and social dilemmas for governments and individuals alike.

Drawing on a wide range of sources, this book analyses the social nature of later life in the context of the history of welfare states, the emergence of consumer society and the growth of individualism. The book argues that the third age, its origins, identity and contradictions are central to understanding the future of our society.

"Contexts of Ageing" is certain to stimulate academic debate. It is also appropriate for adoption on a range of courses. The book is written in a lively and accessible way, giving it appeal to upper-level undergraduates and postgraduates taking courses in sociology, social policy and health studies. Students and professionals working in the areas of nursing, health care and social gerontology will also find this book of interest.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"An extremely valuable contribution to the sociologicalliterature."

Kate Davidson, Sociology

"The most cogent attempt so far to force a sea-change in the waywe think about old age."

Simon Biggs, Ageing and Society

"A provocative analysis which should stimulate fresh thinkingand new research in the field of ageing."

Chris Phillipson, Keele University

"Contexts of Ageing is an important profound,contribution to the literature. Like a fine wine, the readersavours the careful use of language and fresh insights broughtforward by Gilleard and Higgs. This book is to be read carefully,for the authors compel their readers to expand their minds andchallenge conventional wisdom about the past, present, and futureof the ageing society. Contexts of Ageing is a mustread."

Scott A. Bass, University of Maryland, BaltimoreCounty

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745629490
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Gilleard, Director of Psychology at South West Londonand St. George’s Mental Health Trust

Paul Higgs Senior, Lecturer in Sociology at UniversityCollege, London

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Table of Contents



Chapter 1. Introduction.

Chapter 2. Class, Modernity and the Lifecourse.

Chapter 3. The Nature of Class in Later Life.

Chapter 4. Cohort and Generation and the Study of SocialChange.

Chapter 5. Later life and the two generational fields ofmodernity.

Chapter 6. Community and the nature of belonging.

Chapter 7. Community in Later Life.

Chapter 8. Fog-lamps and Leitmotifs.




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