This myth-busting and question-focused textbook tackles the fascinating and important social and policy issues posed by the challenges and opportunities of ageing.
The unique pedagogical approach recognises the gap between the lives of students and older people, and equips students with the conceptual, analytical and critical tools to understand what it means to grow old and what it means to live in an ageing society.
•Myth-busting boxes incorporated into each chapter that unpack the common assumptions and stereotypes about ageing and older people in a clear and striking way;
•A multidisciplinary and issue-focused approach, interspersed with lively examples and vignettes bringing the debates to life;
•Group and self-study activities;
•A comprehensive glossary of key terms.
Answering questions which have arisen over years of longitudinal and systematic research on the social implications of ageing, this lively and engaging textbook provides an essential foundation for students in gerontology, sociology, social policy and related fields.
"A refreshing approach to the study of the social aspects of ageing. It introduces critical questions which challenge stereotypes about ageing and blends theory, practice and policy. A must read for everyone interested in gerontology." Judith Phillips OBE, University of Stirling
"This remarkable book provides an excellent introduction to crucial issues facing ageing societies. It succeeds in challenging its readers to question their assumptions about ageing and later life." Thomas Scharf, Newcastle University
"An accessible introduction to current issues facing ageing societies. The critical perspective encourages the reader to question taken-for-granted assumptions, and explore the evidence behind the headlines." Rosalind Willis, University of Southampton
“An important, interesting and engaging book. It challenges conventional stereotypes and myths about age and ageing and encourages readers to critically interrogate the role and position of older people in modern societies and economies.” Eamon O’Shea, National University of Ireland Galway
Gemma Carney is a critical gerontologist who lectures in social policy and ageing at Queen’s University, Belfast. She is a member of the British Society of Gerontology executive committee and of the editorial board of Ageing & Society.
Paul Nash is Associate Professor in the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology at the University of Southern California. His research has informed his work on ageism with the World Health Organization.
Both authors won student-nominated teaching awards for their classes in gerontology and social policy in 2019.
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Will I Ever Have Enough Money to Retire?
Will I Need Care When I Am Old?
All Old People Are Pretty Much the Same, Aren’t They?
Aren’t Gender Differences Neutralized By Age?
Why Do Older People Have It So Good?
Why Do Older People Vote, While Younger People Protest?
What Does It Mean to Live a Long Life?
What Are My Next Steps?
Now That You Know About Ageing