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ISBN-13: 9781847422910
Publisher: Policy Press at the Univ of Bristol
Publication date: 07/20/2009
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Ricca Edmondson, Department of Political Science and Sociology/Irish centre for Social Gerontology, National University of Ireland, Galway. and Hans-Joachim von Kondratowitz, German Centre of Gerontology and EBSSRS.

Table of Contents

List of tables and figures v

Notes on contributors vi

Acknowledgements x

Foreword Judith Phillips xi

Introduction Ricca Edmondson Hans-Joachim von Kondratowitz 1

Part 1 Religion, spirituality, cultural resources and creating meaning

1 Religious belonging and spiritual questioning: a Western European perspective oh ageing and religion Peter G. Coleman 23

2 Spirituality: a means for achieving integration in personal and community spheres in an ageing Singapore Kalyani K. Mehta 37

3 Integrating the sacred in creative ageing Michele Dillon 51

4 Atheist convictions, Christian beliefs or 'keeping things open? Patterns of world views among three generations in East German families Monika Wohtrab-Sahr 73

5 Beyond dialogue: entering the fourth space in old age Haim Hozon 91

Part 2 Norms, values and gerontology

6 The long road to a moralisation of old age Hans-Joachim von Kondratowitz 107

7 How to balance generations: solidarity dilemmas in a European perspective Svein Olav Daatland 123

8 Pension systems and the challenge of population ageing: what does the public think? Dina Frommert Dirk Hofacker Thorsten Helen Hans-Jiirgen Andreβ 139

9 Ethos of care and environment in long-stay care settings: impacts on residents' lives Adeline Cooney Kathy Murphy 161

10 Engineering substantially prolonged human lifespans: biotechnological enhancement and ethics Peter Derkx 177

Part 3 Ageing and wisdom? Conflicts and contested developments

11 Wisdom: a humanist approach to valuing older people Ricca Edmondson 201

12 Social practices, moral frameworks and religious values in the lives of older people Carmel Gallagher 217

13 'Woo-hoo,what a ride!' Older people, life stories and active ageing Lorna Warren Amanda Clarke 233

14 Does eldership mean anything in the contemporary West? James Nichol 249

15 Talk about old age, health and morality Out Jolanki 261


16 Exploring positive images of ageing: the production of calendars Eileen Fairhurst Sue Raines 277

17 Gateways to humanistic gerontology Ronald J. Manheimer 283

Index 289

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