The New Sociology of Ageing seeks to explore the challenges and opportunities of Ageing as a global force in its own right working alongside globalisation, urbanisation, new technology and now both climate change and global pandemics in transforming life in the 21st century.
Through the eyes of a young sociology student and her multigenerational family, this book seeks to sketch out a new sociological framework to interpret this societal shift and to explore how the 'New Old' – the Baby Boomer generation – might be mobilised as an agency of social change in transforming later life. It also explores the possibility of this generation as the co-architects of a new intergenerational social contract for the era ahead rather than just remaining the recipients of a post-war 20th century social contract that society can no longer support.
This book therefore seeks to fill a significant gap in current textbook provision by raising the profile and providing a broad overview of the emerging discipline of the sociology of ageing. With Britain as a case study and societies across the world as examples, it seeks to explore the emerging revolutions in work & retirement, the potential crises in pensions, healthcare and housing, and the transformations in both family life, and in our attitudes to sex and death in later life. It seeks to introduce students to the dynamics of demography as a sociological force of the future, as well as to alert them – as the younger generation – to the perils and the promises of longevity as societies across the world approach the 100 Year Life. Japan is nearly there; Europe and S.E. Asia are close behind and eventually even Africa will follow. This book will be of interest to undergraduate students and early scholars in Sociology, Social Sciences, Gerontology and Social Policy.
Table of Contents
Introduction: An Introduction to the Ageing World Ahead
PART ONE: The Global Challenge of Ageing and the Global Response
1. The Global Challenge of Ageing and the Global Context
2. The International Challenge of Ageing and the International Response
PART TWO: The National Challenge of Ageing and the National Response
3. The Demographic Challenge and the Government’s Response
4. The Economic and Social Challenges of Ageing in the U.K. today
PART THREE: The New Old, the New Young and the Forces for Change
5. The New Old and the New Young: Baby Boomers, Generations X, Y and Z; and Intergenerational Relations Today
6. The New Old and their Powers for Change
PART FOUR: Towards a New Sociology of Ageing for the 21st Century
7. Towards a New Age Paradigm, Manifesto and Intergenerational Social Contract
8. Towards the Ageless Society of the Future, and the Ageing World Ahead
Martin Slattery is a retired Sixth-Form College Principal and Senior Education Officer who has previously written a number of introductory and specialist texts in Sociology including The ABC of Sociology (1985), Key Ideas in Sociology (2003), Urban Sociology (1985) & Official Statistics (1986). Since retiring, he has focused on the emerging topic of Ageing & Longevity in the 21st century with the publication of The Ageing of Great Britain in 2019.