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We live in aging societies. Age preoccupies governments as much as individuals. A new affluence has spread across society and across the life course. 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 analyzes 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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780745629506
ISBN-10: 0745629504
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 153mm x 17mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 18-May-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Chris Gilleard

Chris Gilleard, Director of Psychology at South West London and St. George's Mental Health Trust Paul Higgs Senior, Lecturer in Sociology at University College, London

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