Critical Perspectives on Aging: The Political and Moral Economy of Growing Old, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Critical Perspectives on Aging

The Political and Moral Economy of Growing Old, 1st Edition

By Meredith Minkler, Carroll L. Estes


362 pages

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This unique volume brings together 20 critical essays on aging within the context of the broad social, political, and economic factors that help shape and determine the realities of growing old. Rather than viewing aging in isolation, it explores the social creation of old age dependency and the profound influence of race, gender, and social class on what it means to grow old. It looks too at such topics as the "biomedicalization" of aging; the role of business and the media in changing societal images of the old; the fact and fiction behind "senior power"; the multibillion dollar nursing home industry; and the role of advanced capitalist nations in creating economic dependency among elders in the Third World.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Unique Contributions of This Volume Vicente Navarro

Part I: Introduction

Overview Meredith Minkler

The New Political Economy of Aging: Introduction and Critique Carroll L. Estes

Political and Moral Economy: Not Such Strange Bedfellows Meredith Minkler and Thomas R. Cole

Dependency or Empowerment? Toward a Moral and Political Economy of Aging Jon Hendricks and Cynthia A. Leedham

Part II: New Images of the Old and the Debate over Resource Allocation

"Generational Equity" and the New Victim Blaming Meredith Minkler

Gold in Gray: Reflections on Business' Discovery of the Elderly Market Meredith Minkler

A Lamb in Wolf's Clothing? The Reality of Senior Power and Social Policy Steven P. Wallace, John B. Williamson, Rita Gaston Lung, and Lawrence A. Powell

Part III: Apocalyptic Demography and the Biomedicalization of Aging

The Biomedicalization of Aging: Dangers and Dilemmas Carroll L. Estes and Elizabeth A. Binney

The Politics of Alzheimer's Disease: A Case Study in Apocalyptic Demography Ann Robertson

Part IV: Critical Perspectives on Market Economy Health Care

The Nursing Home Industry: A Structural Analysis Charlene Harrington

The Political Economy of Mental Health Care for the Elderly Elizabeth A. Binney and James H. Swan

The Short Life and Painful Death of the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act Martha Holstein and Meredith Minkler

Part V: Race, Class, Gender, and Aging

Older Women in the Post-Reagan Era Terry Arendell and Carroll L. Estes

Community Care Policies and Gender Justice Suzanne E. England, Sharon M. Keigher, Baila Miller, and Nathan L. Linsk

Gender, Race and Class: Beyond the Feminization of Poverty in Later Life Paula L. Dressel

The Political Economy of Health Care for Elderly Blacks Steven P. Wallace

Part VI: Retirement, Social Security, and Economic Dependency

Retirement and the Moral Economy: An Historical Interpretation of the German Case Martin Kohli

Postwar Capitalism and the Extension of Social Security into aRetirement Wage John Myles

Dependency among Third World Elderly: A Need for New Direction in the Nineties Sheila M. Neysmith

Part VII: Conclusion

Future Prospects for Aging Policy Reform Judith Shindul-Rothschild and John B. Williamson

Epilogue Carroll L. Estes



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PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health