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- DescriptionWith the aspiration for a long life w 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.
- Author BiographyPaul Higgs is Professor of Sociology of the Ageing in the Division of Psychiatry at University College London, UK, and Chris Gilleard is a Visiting Research Fellow in the Division of Psychiatry at University College London, UK. Both are internationally recognised social theorists of ageing and old age whose previous books include Cultures of Ageing (2000), Contexts of Ageing (2005) and Ageing, Corporeality and Embodiment (2013).
- Author(s)Chris Gilleard,Paul Higgs
- PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
- Date of Publication01/05/2015
- SubjectSocial Sciences: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- First Published2015
- ImprintPalgrave Macmillan
- Content Note3 black & white tables, 13 figures
- Weight343 g
- Width144 mm
- Height222 mm
- Spine15 mm
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