In this volume contributors examine the assumptions normally made about the elderly and offer differing sociological perspectives on becoming and being old, and on the concept of age itself. Instead of seeing the elderly in terms of needs, they offer alternative analyses in light of class, gender and race. Examining the life-cycle perspective on old age, they show how retirement from the workforce is only one aspect of becoming old, and arguably one which is important for only a minority of the ageing population.
Table of Contents
IntroductionPART ONE: BECOMING OLDProperty Rites? An Investigation of Tenure Change in Middle Age - Cherrie StubbsBetween Work and Retirement - Frank Laczko Becoming 'Old' in the 1980sWork-Ending - Tom Schuller Employment and Ambiguity in Later LifeA Part to Play - Jonathan Long Men Experiencing Leisure through RetirementPART TWO: BEING OLDTransitions in Caring - Sara Arber and G Nigel Gilbert Gender, Life Course and the Care of the ElderlyPoverty, Care and Age - Bill Bytheway A Case StudyDifferentiation in Later Life - Maria Evandrou and Christina R Victor Social Class and Housing Tenure CleavagesThe Living Arrangements of the Elderly in Europe in the 1980s - Richard WallPART THREE: OLD AGEAgeing and Old Age - Mike Featherstone and Mike Hepworth Reflections on the Postmodern Life CourseDoes Age Matter? The Case of Old Age in Minority Ethnic Groups - Ken Blakemore