Ageing, meaning and social structure : connecting critical by Jan Baars

By Jan Baars

Ageing, that means and Social Structure advances the severe discourse on gerontology, delivering new understandings of key social and moral dilemmas dealing with getting older societies. Connecting methods which have been rather remoted from each other, it integrates significant streams of notion inside serious gerontology: analyses of structural concerns within the context of political economic system and humanist views on problems with existential which means, supplying fundamental interpreting for students, scholars, coverage makers, and practitioners in gerontology and humanism studies.

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W. Schaie (eds) Handbook of the psychology of ageing, San Diego, CA: Academic Press, pp 343-62. Cerny, Philip G. and Mark Evans (2004). ‘Globalisation and Public Policy Under New Labour’, Policy Studies, vol. 25, no. 1 (March), pp. 51-65 Dannefer, D. and Phillipson, C. (eds) (2010) The Sage handbook of social gerontology, London: Sage Publications. de Grey,A. S. Rattan (ed) Ageing interventions and therapies, Singapore:World Scientific Publishing, pp 379-95. -U. (2009) ‘The nature of health care: commodification versus solidarity’, in L.

Such reductionist tendencies seem to have been institutionalised, not only in markets and market-like domains of society, but also in the organisation of the disciplines where research on (inter)personal aspects (psychology, social psychology, anthropology, sociology, social work) tends to work in opposition or neglect of more structurally oriented disciplines such as economics or macro-sociology, and vice versa. 24 Connecting meaning with social structure One way to undercut reductionist tendencies is to distinguish between limitations that are the inevitable results of senescing and finitude versus problems that are social in origin and can be alleviated.

As far as political systems are still rooted in nation-states, they are not enveloped by a communicative life world but by an extremely complex, globalising economic system with many different dynamics which are hardly kept in check by the different 21 Ageing, meaning and social structure nation-based political systems, although this is what they intend or pretend to do (Cerny and Evans, 2004). Three in particular are reviewed here: first, the relationship between population ageing and social and cultural change; second, understanding modifications to the lifecourse; and third, issues relating to the protection of human rights in later life, both at the level of the most vulnerable life worlds and at the level of global agents.

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