Changing Worlds and the Ageing Subject: Dimensions in the Study of Ageing and Later Life

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Britt-Marie Öberg, Anna-Liisa Närvänen, Erik Olsson, Elisabet Näsman
Ashgate, 2004 - Social Science - 207 pages
Research into ageing and later life has tended to describe old age in relation to society's problems concerning health and social care. Today demographic changes, current advancements in technology, and political and socio-cultural developments also affect the living conditions of both young and old people. This exceptional volume draws together scholars from Europe and the USA to inspire and encourage new research approaches. Taking old people's own ideas, experiences and opinions as the starting point for studies of the ageing process, the contributors regard old age as an equally important and varied stage of the life cycle. The volume considers the humanistic-historical dimension of ageing and substantiates new perspectives on family roles and intergenerational relationships. It also examines age discrimination, the impact of the increase in early retirement, the effect of old and new technology on older people's lives, different ageing experiences of men and women, and how to emphasize old people's own interpretation and understanding of the ageing process.

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Dr Els-Marie Anbacken is Assistant Professor at the Department of Care and Welfare and at the Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life (ISAL), Linkoping University, Sweden Dr Jan-Erik Hagberg is Associate Professor at the Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life (ISAL), Linkoping University, Sweden Dr Gunhild Hammarstrom is Professor in Sociology and Social Gerontology at Uppsala University, Sweden Dr Sarah Harper is the Director of the Oxford Institute of Ageing and a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of Oxford, UK Dr Phyllis Braudy Harris is Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Aging Studies Program, John Carroll University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA Dr Kees Knipscheer is Professor of Sociology and Social Gerontology at the Free University in Amsterdam, the Netherlands Dr John Macnicol is Professor of Social Policy at Royal Holloway University of London, UK Dr Anna-Liisa Narvanen is Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at the Department of Thematic Studies and at the Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life (ISAL) Linkoping University, Sweden Dr Britt-Marie Oberg is a Manager of the Research and Development Center of Ageing in Ostergotland, Linkoping, Sweden Dr Birgitta Oden is Professor Emerita at the Department of History, Lund University, Sweden Dr Isabella Paoletti is a Senior Researcher at the Department of Communication Sciences, University of Bologna, Italy

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