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The long road to a moralisation of old age

Hans-Joachim von Kondratowitz

in Valuing older people

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9781847422927
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304173 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847422927.003.0007
The long road to a moralisation of old age

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There are different ways of regarding the phenomenon of ageing and people should be conscious of them. This chapter identifies the process of an increasing generalisation of normative standards for old age by, at the same time, pointing to the coexistence of habits, values, attitudes, and arguments that had their origin in pre-modern times but are now given a new societal frame. Since the main emphasis will relate to adult and older life stages, it is essential to complement this study by a thorough analysis of the other phases of life and their dynamics. Today, the emergence of new normative frameworks such as ‘successful ageing’ and an increasing weight of ‘active ageing’ brings new questions to be set in comparison to long-term changes discussed in this chapter.

Keywords: ageing; habits; societal frame; older life; successful ageing; active ageing

Chapter.  7471 words. 

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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