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Introducing age

Bill Bytheway

in Unmasking age

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9781847426185
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304128 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847426185.003.0001
Introducing age

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As a noun, age is often defined as the length of time a person has lived. Although age may be defined in terms of time, it is more than just a way of measuring time: age is about the experience of growing older. The research considers the significance of age throughout the life course from year zero onwards, thereby bridging the gap between gerontology and research into earlier phases of life. Much of what the author was able to call upon in this book reflects his own biography and experience of the worlds he lived in. Further, several featured projects listed in this chapter provided the author with a ‘real world’ gerontological education and a richer understanding of the later lives of people.

Keywords: age; growing older; life course; gerontology; gerontological education

Chapter.  9326 words. 

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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