Rethinking Old Age : Theorising the Fourth Age, Paperback / softback Book

Rethinking Old Age : Theorising the Fourth Age Paperback / softback

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With the aspiration for a long life now achievable for many individuals, the status of old age as a distinct social position has become problematic.

In this radical re-examination of the nature of old age, Paul Higgs and Chris Gilleard reveal the emergence of a 'fourth age' that embodies the most feared and marginalised aspects of old age, conceptually linked to and yet distinct from traditional models of old age.

Inspired by the authors' ground-breaking work on the third and fourth age and supported by extensive sociological, medical and historical research, Rethinking Old Age offers a unique and timely analysis of the fourth age as a 'social imaginary' that is shaped and maintained by the social, cultural and political discourses and practices that divide later life.

It stands as a significant resource for students, academics and practitioners of Sociology, Ageing Studies, Gerontology, Social Policy, Health Studies, Social Work and Nursing.

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  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 184 pages, 184 p.
  • Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Age groups: the elderly
  • ISBN: 9781137383983

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