Drawing on a wide range of sources, this book analyses 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.
Chapter 1. Introduction.
Chapter 2. Class, Modernity and the Lifecourse.
Chapter 3. The Nature of Class in Later Life.
Chapter 4. Cohort and Generation and the Study of Social Change.
Chapter 5. Later life and the two generational fields of modernity.
Chapter 6. Community and the nature of belonging.
Chapter 7. Community in Later Life.
Chapter 8. Fog-lamps and Leitmotifs.