Ageing, Meaning and Social Structure

Connecting Critical and Humanistic Gerontology

Edited by Jan Baars, Joseph Dohmen, Amanda Grenier, and Chris Phillipson

Ageing, Meaning and Social Structure

Edited by Jan Baars, Joseph Dohmen, Amanda Grenier, and Chris Phillipson

Distributed for Bristol University Press

256 pages | 6 x 9
Paper $49.95 ISBN: 9781447300892 Published October 2014 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9781447300908 Published July 2013 For sale in North and South America only
Ageing, Meaning and Social Structure advances the critical discourse on gerontology, offering new understandings of key social and ethical dilemmas facing aging societies. Connecting approaches that have been relatively isolated from one another, it integrates two major streams of thought within critical gerontology: analyses of structural issues in the context of political economy and humanist perspectives on issues of existential meaning, providing indispensable reading for scholars, students, policy makers, and practitioners in gerontology and humanism studies.

Notes on contributors


1. Introduction

      Jan Baars and Chris Phillipson

2. Connecting meaning with social structure: theoretical foundations

      Jan Baars and Chris Phillipson

3. My own life: ethics, ageing and lifestyle

      Joseph Dohmen

4. Rethinking agency in late life: structural and interpretive approaches

      Amanda Grenier and Chris Phillipson

5. Dementia: beyond structures of medicalisation and cultural neglect

      Margreet Th. Bruens

6. Self-realisation and ageing: a spiritual perspective

      Hanne Laceulle

7. Social ability or social frailty? The balance between autonomy and connectedness in the lives of older people

      Anja Machielse and Roelof Hortulanus

8. Critical perspectives on social work with older people

      Mo Ray

9. Community-based participatory action research: opportunities and challenges for critical gerontology

      Friederike Ziegler and Thomas Scharf

10. Commentary: contingent ageing, naturalisation and some rays of intellectual hope

      Dale Dannefer and Jielu Lin


Review Quotes
Peter G. Coleman, University of Southampton
"A much-needed integration of two relatively new but flourishing areas of ageing studies, which have developed separately up to now. I gained fresh insights from each and every chapter."
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