1st Edition

Critical Perspectives on Aging
The Political and Moral Economy of Growing Old

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ISBN 9780895030757
Published June 15, 1990 by Routledge
362 Pages

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Book Description

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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Meredith Minkler (Author) ,  Carroll L. Estes (Author)