Life Course and Society

Jason L. Powell
Coventry University, UK

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



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Special issue: Resilience in breaking the cycle of children’s environmental health disparities
Edited by I Leslie Rubin, Robert J Geller, Abby Mutic, Benjamin A Gitterman, Nathan Mutic, Wayne Garfinkel, Claire D Coles, Kurt Martinuzzi, and Joav Merrick


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This book explores the concept of key concepts, theories and practices related to life course issues associated with social work, power and trust in contemporary society. The book begins by narrating how aging studies has been colonized by biomedical conceptualizations, which have masked a social understanding of how aging and life course are socially constituted.

The book explores the power of an aging society with populational increases and impacts on different parts of the world. As a healthy corrective to most texts on aging and life course, the book explores the work of Foucault and applicability of power relationships to understand and investigate social aspects of aging. The book then moves to the concept of a narrative and its relationship to life course and the social construction of identity.

Chapter 1. Introduction: The Dominance of Biomedicine and Colonisisation of Life Course (pp. 1-8)

Chapter 2. The Global Context of Aging (pp. 9-22)

Chapter 3. Age, Professional Power and Social Policy in the United Kingdom (pp. 23-44)

Chapter 4. Aging, Foucault and the Life Course (pp. 45-66)

Chapter 5. Trust, the Life Course and Social Relations (pp. 67-98)

Conclusion (pp. 99-100)

References (pp. 101-114)

Author's Contact Information (pp. 115-116)

Index (pp. 117)

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