The Overselling of Population Aging: Apocalyptic Demography, Intergenerational Challenges, and Social Policy / Edition 1

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The impact of population, and of growing and diminishing segments of the population, has been a cause for concern for many years. Globally, a 'population explosion' was much in the news in the sixties and seventies but is little heard of today. In Canada, demographic shifts have driven public policy in culture, language, and education. The contributors to The Overselling of Population Aging-from the fields of demography, sociology, gerontology, social policy, and social work-examine this alarmist concern about an aging population, which they label 'apocalyptic' or 'voodoo' demography. The chapters focus on such topics as social policy, hospital usage by older Canadians, aging families, intergenerational caregiving, adult children returning to live at home, retirement income, and economics and women's pensions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195414653
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/18/2009
  • Series: Studies in Canadian Population Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

both at Simon Fraser University
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Table of Contents

Foreword Lillian Zimmerman, Simon Fraser University
Preface Ellen M. Gee and Gloria M. Gutman
1. Population and Politics: Voodoo Demography, Population Ageing, and Social Policy, Ellen M. Gee
2. Three Demographic Stories: Apocalyptic, Opportunistic, and Realistic OR Chicken Little's, Nest Eggies, and Humpty Dumpties, Michael J. Prince, University of Victoria
3. Alarmist Economics and Women's Pensions: A Case of Semanticide, Lynn McDonald, University of Toronto
4. Population Ageing and Hospital Days: Will There Be a Problem?, Yves Carriere, Simon Fraser University
5. What Did You Ever Do for Me?: Intergenerational Linkages in a Restructuring Canada, Susan A. McDaniel, University of Alberta
6. Ageing Families: Have Current changes and Challenges been Oversold?, Carolyn J. Rosenthal, McMaster University
7. Intergenerational Care Giving: How Apocalyptic and Dominant Demographies Frame the Questions and Shape the Answers, Anne Martin-Matthews, University of British Columbia
8. The Refilled 'Nest': Debunking the Myth of Families-in-Crisis, Barbara A. Mitchell, simon Fraser University

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