Gerontologists and older people

Bill Bytheway

in Unmasking age

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9781847426185
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304128 | DOI:
Gerontologists and older people

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The relationship between gerontologists and older people are often characterised by the ‘us and them’ syndrome. Thus there have been moves to promote ‘participative research’ through projects in which older people are actively involved in ways other than just as research subjects. The author describes his own experience and how his gerontological research made him more engaged with older people than expected. Through the ROAD project, issues associated with age prejudice and discrimination are reviewed. In the Lleida paper, two phenomena are explored: the relationship between age and finitude in the context of various social worlds (the conference, the sibship and the national population), and popular resistance to the idea that we might change as a result of age: in later life we prefer to remain ‘the same’.

Keywords: gerontologists; older people; participative research; ROAD project; Lleida paper; us and them

Chapter.  8246 words. 

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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