Critical Perspectives on Ageing Societies by Thomas Scharf, Miriam Bernard

By Thomas Scharf, Miriam Bernard

This crucial new e-book brings jointly the very best identified overseas students operating inside of a severe gerontology point of view. jointly, they evaluate and replace our knowing of the way the sector has constructed during the last twenty-five years and, throughout the lens of 'passionate scholarship', supply a demanding overview of the complicated sensible and moral concerns dealing with older humans, and people who behavior examine on growing older, within the twenty first century. The contributions expand the serious gerontological strategy conceptually, methodologically and essentially. they provide shut and scholarly research of regulations affecting the lives of older humans and supply insights into why examine is completed particularly methods. certain cognizance is paid to feminist contributions and new techniques to operating in partnership with older humans; age discrimination and ageism; the impression of neo-liberal regulations and the passage of assorted human rights tools; the re-medicalisation of later lifestyles; the participation of older humans in study; and justice among generations. The editors and members provide feedback for selling switch, and an exhilarating set of visions and views for the renewal and improvement of serious gerontology within the years forward. "Critical views on getting old Societies" may be a useful source for all scholars, lecturers and practitioners attracted to aging and the existence path.

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Emphasising the productive contributions of women as carers does nothing to relieve their burden. Similarly, when one views ‘productive ageing’ through a gendered lens, one can see that women’s lives are already filled with what are often unchosen obligations: caregiving, ‘kin-keeping’, general maintenance of home and hearth, and jobs that pay little and yield few satisfactions. Further, with pension plans already highly discriminatory toward women and minorities because of their role as carers and the gaps in their paid work history, continued paid work is very often a necessity rather than a choice.

The underlying value embraces a commitment to individualism and individual achievement so marked in North American society, and to a lesser but still powerful extent in the UK. One result of these assumptions and tacit values is the oppression, rather than the liberation, of old people, especially women. To find a way out of this quagmire – to reverse the decline and loss paradigm without imposing oppressive standards and false expectations – is a task that still lies ahead. These concerns helped give rise to critical gerontology, but the failure of social gerontology to come to grips with them in the intervening 25 years is a real cause for concern.

They are not simply objects of study but co-contributors to knowledge and understanding (Green and Mercer, 2001; Minkler and Wallerstein, 2003). Finally, and consistent with Phillipson and Walker’s (1987) observations about critical gerontology, participatory approaches are committed not just to studying the status quo, but to changing it. For applying what is learned to help address inequities and improve how things are, is an integral part of the participatory research process – not something others do with the study findings after the fact.

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