Critical Gerontology: Perspectives from Political and Moral Economy, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Critical Gerontology

Perspectives from Political and Moral Economy, 1st Edition

By Meredith Minkler, Carroll L Estes


396 pages

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Hardback: 9780895031846
pub: 1997-06-15
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This refreshing book uses broad political and moral economy perspectives to explore the intersections of race, class, gender and aging and how these help determine the experience of aging and growing old. The twenty chapter volume includes new contributions by many of the top names in critical gerontology. Both political and economic factors, and those shared norms about fairness and obligation that help shape our aging policies, are examined in relation to a wide range of contemporary issues in gerontology.

Table of Contents


Introduction Meredith Minkler

I. Theoretical Framework

Critical Gerontology and the New Political Economy of Aging Carroll L. Estes

Political and Moral Economy: Getting to Know One Another Meredith Minkler and Thomas R. Cole

II. Rethinking Dependence, Interdependence, and the Political Power of the Old

Interdependency and the Generational Compact Malcolm L. Johnson

Beyond Apocalyptic Demography: Toward a Moral Economy of Interdependence Ann Robertson

Disability Theory and Public Policy: Implications for Critical Gerontology Jae Kennedy and Meredith Minkler

Special Interests or Citizens' Rights? "Senior Power," Social Security, and Medicare Debra Street

III. Devolution, Crisis Mentality, and the Transformation of Health and Social Programs for the Old

The Aging Enterprise Revisited Carroll L. Estes

Moral Economy and the Social Construction of the Crisis of Aging and Health Care: Differing Canadian and U.S. Perspectives Phillip G. Clark

Devolution and Aging Policy: Racing to the Bottom in Long-Term Care Carroll L. Estes and Karen W. Linkins

The Restructuring of Medicare and Medicaid and Its Implications for the Elderly Marty Lynch and Meredith Minkler

Vouchers for Medicare: A Critical Reappraisal Jonathon Oberlander

The Nursing Home Industry: The Failure of Reform Efforts Charlene Harrington

IV. Race, Class, Gender, and Aging

Caught in Hostile Cross-Fire: Public Policy and Minority Elderly in the United States Steven P. Wallace and Valentine M. Villa

Caregiving, Age, and Class in the Skeleton of the Welfare State: "And Jill Came Tumbling After . . ." Joanna K. Weinberg

Gender, Race, Class, and Aging: Advances and Opportunities Paula Dressel, Meredith Minkler, and Irene Yen

V. Work, Retirement, Social Security, and "Productive Aging"

The Path to Poverty: An Analysis of Women's Retirement Income Older Women's League

The Social Construction of Retirement: Perspectives from Critical Theory and Political Economy Chris Phillipson

The Evolution of the Welfare State: Shifting Rights and Responsibilities for the Old Robert B. Hudson

Social Security: Marketing Radical Reform Eric Kingson and Jill Quadagno

Women and Productive Aging: Troubling Implications Martha Holstein

Concluding Note Meredith Minkler and Carroll L. Estes



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