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Old Age

1st Edition

By John Vincent


208 pages

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Paperback: 9780415268233
pub: 2003-01-16
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Recent decades have seen a fundamental change in the age structure of many western societies. In these societies it is now common for a fifth to a quarter of the population to be retired, for fewer babies to be born than is required to sustain the size of the population and for life expectancy to exceed eighty years old. This book provides an overview of the key issues arising from this demographic change.

Table of Contents

1. The Experience of Old Age 2. The Succession of Generations 3. Global Crises and Old Age 4. Old Age, Equity and Intergenerational Conflict? 5. Consumerism, Identity and Old Age 6. Old Age, Sickness Death and Immortality

About the Author

John Vincent is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Exeter.

About the Series

Key Ideas

This popular series covers the main concepts, issues, debates and controversies in sociology and the social sciences. The books are concise and informative yet lively. Written by leading authorities in the field, they give students access to 'new sociology' in manageable form.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gerontology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General