Aging and Western Society: A Critical Approach


Jason L. Powell
Coventry University, UK

Series: Social Perspectives in the 21st Century
BISAC: SOC013000

This book is an unashamedly sociological excursion relating to the ageing process in Western society. It fundamentally questions assumptions and ideas around ageing, and where these ideas originate.

This book crucially explores conceptual, theoretical, methodological, practical and social policy issues relating to how ageing has been framed, constructed, deconstructed and reconstructed by politicians, policy makers and professionals. The book is underpinned by a critical approach that raises significant implications of social issues relating to ageing in the Western world.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Introduction – The Social Construction of Aging and Old Age (pp. 1-16)

Chapter 2. Risk and Aging (pp. 17-36)

Chapter 3. Theorizing Embodiment, Postmodernism and Aging (pp. 37-62)

Chapter 4. Towards a Narrative Gerontology (pp. 63-78)

Chapter 5. Aging, Personalisation and Power Relations (pp. 79-96)

References (pp. 97-124)

Author’s Contact Information (pp. 125-126)

Index (pp. 127)

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