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1st Edition

Old Age

ISBN 9780415268233
Published March 20, 2003 by Routledge
208 Pages

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Book Description

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

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