Ageing and Diversity

Multiple Pathways and Cultural Migrations

Edited by Svein Olav Daatland and Simon Biggs

Ageing and Diversity
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Edited by Svein Olav Daatland and Simon Biggs

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

256 pages | © 2006
Paper $36.95 ISBN: 9781861348470 Published April 2006 For sale in North and South America only
To understand contemporary ageing it is necessary to recognise its diversity. Drawing on an extraordinary range of theory, original research and empirical sources, this book assesses the stereotyped conceptions of ageing, and offers a critical and updated perspective.The book explores the diversity of individual pathways of ageing, the sources of identifications, migration and otherness, and the tension between social structures and personal agency; considers multidisciplinary and international perspectives as an important means of understanding the diversity of ageing, and the need for change in established notions and policies; addresses key issues such as global ageing, migration, transnational community and citizenship; incorporates theories and findings from psychology and sociology, anthropology and demography, social policy and health sciences. 'Ageing and diversity' is aimed at academics, students and practitioners in the fields of sociology, social psychology, health, and welfare. It will also be of interest to all those who want to challenge stereotypes about ageing.
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Notes on contributors

1. Ageing and diversity: a critical introduction
      Simon Biggs and Svein Olav Daatland
Section I: Individual pathways
2. Ageing differently: potential and limits
      Jacqui Smith and Denis Gerstorf
3. The personal meaning of individuality and relatedness: gender differences in middle and late adulthood
      Gerben J. Westerhof and Christina Bode
4. Diversity, health and ageing
      Lars Andersson and Peter Öberg
5. Gender trajectories: how age and marital status influence patterns of gender inequality in later life
      Sara Arber
Section II: Social identifications
6. The search for ageing identities
      Andrew Blaikie
7. New ageism: age, imperialism, personal experience and ageing policy
      Simon Biggs
8. Sexuality in gerontology: a heteronormative presence, a queer absence
      Ann Cronin
Section III: Migration and otherness
9. Making sense of the construct of successful ageing: the migrant experience
      Sandra Torres
10. Older foreign migrants in Europe: multiple pathways and welfare positions
      Tony Warnes
11. Transnational communities, migration and changing identities in later life: a new research agenda
      Chris Phillipson and Nilufar Ahmed
Section IV: Structure and agency
12. Societal trends and lifecourse events affecting diversity in later life
      Jenny De Jong Gierveld
13. Quality of life and social inequality in old age
      Andreas Matel-Klingebiel
14. Class, power and inequality in later life
      Paul Higgs and Chris Gilleard
15. Ageing and diversity, what next?
      Svein Olav Daatland and Simon Biggs

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