The Futures of Old Age

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Overview

Prepared by the British Society of Gerontology, The Futures of Old Age brings together twenty-one leading UK and US gerontologists, drawing on their expertise and research. The book's seven sections deal with key contemporary themes, including population aging, households and families, health, wealth, pensions, migration, inequalities, gender, and self and identity in later life. The Futures of Old Age is thought-provoking reading for anyone studying aging, especially for those attending courses in gerontology and related areas, as well as for those concerned with the development of social and economic policy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412901086
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 6/28/2006
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

am currently working on ‘anti-ageing medicine', death and immortality and the insights they provide for the cultural construction of old age . These studies identify a crisis in understanding ‘old age' which stems from significant advances in the control and manipulation of biological ageing. Claims to the technical ability to control the human ageing process are far from new but challenging issues about the meaning of old age arise with the prospect of significantly enhanced longevity claimed by contemporary bio-gerontology. I have written journal articles, chapters and given seminars on the significance of the biologisation of old age many of which can be accessed from this page.

Chris Phillipson has held the post of Professor of Applied Social Studies and Social Gerontology, at the University of Keele since 1988. He currently serves as one of the three Pro-Vice Chancellors for the University, with a portfolio covering learning and teaching. Professor Phillipson established the Department of Applied Social Studies and Social Work in 1988 and headed the Department until 1996. He subsequently served as Dean of Research for the Faculty of Social Sciences and Dean of Postgraduate Affairs before taking up his present post in 2006. He was also founding Director (1986-1997) of the Centre for Social Gerontology.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
PART ONE: THE FUTURE OF THE LIFE COURSE
Visions of Later Life - Andrew Blaikie
Golden Cohort to Generation Z
Future 'Conflicts' across Generations and Cohorts? - Vern L Bengtson and Norella M Putney
Developments in the Life Course - Dale Dannefer and Casey Miklowski
PART TWO: THE FUTURE OF SOCIAL DIFFERENTIATION
Ageing and Social Class - Alan Walker and Liam Foster
An Enduring Relationship
Gender and Later Life - Sara Arber
Change, Choice and Constraints
Ethnicity and Old Age - James Nazroo
PART THREE: THE FUTURE OF RETIREMENT AND PENSIONS
The Future of Inequalities in Retirement Income - Debora Price and Jay Ginn
Will the Baby-Boomers be Better off than Their Parents in Retirement? - Maria Evandrou and Jane Falkingham
The Future of Stock Market Pensions - Richard Minns
PART FOUR: THE FUTURE FOR 'SELF' IN OLD AGE
Ageing Selves and Others - Simon Biggs
Distinctiveness and Uniformity in the Struggle for Intergenerational Solidarity
Biographical Work and the Future of the Ageing Self - Jaber F Gubrium and James A Holstein
Ageing and Belief - Between Tradition and Change - Peter G Coleman, Marie A Mills and Peter Speck
PART FIVE: THE FUTURE FOR HEALTH AND WELL-BEING IN OLD AGE
Will Our Old Age be Healthier? - Christina Victor
Is there a Better Future for People with Dementia and their Families? - Murna Downs and Errollyn Bruce
The Future of Well-Being - John Bond and Lynne Corner
Quality of Life of Older People in the 21st Century
PART SIX: THE FUTURE OF FAMILY AND LIVING ARRANGEMENTS FOR OLDER PEOPLE
The Ageing of Family Life Transitions - Sarah Harper
Flying Solo in Old Age - Kate Davidson
Widowed and Divorced Men and Women in Later Life
Housing and Future Living Arrangements - Sheila Peace
PART SEVEN: GLOBALIZATION AND THE FUTURE OF OLD AGE
Anti-Ageing Science and the Future of Old Age - John Vincent
Ageing and Globalization - Chris Phillipson
The Future Life Course, Migration and Old Age - Tony Warnes

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