From exclusion to inclusion in old age

Edited by Thomas Scharf and Norah C. Keating

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9781847427731
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781447307693 | DOI:
From exclusion to inclusion in old age

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Evidence of widening inequalities in later life raises concerns about the ways in which older adults might experience forms of social exclusion. Such concerns are evident in all societies as they seek to come to terms with the unprecedented ageing of their populations. Taking a broad international perspective, the contributors to this book cast light on patterns and processes that either place groups of older adults at risk of exclusion or are conducive to their inclusion. Leading international experts challenge traditional understandings of exclusion in relation to ageing, drawing attention to the barriers to inclusion as well as the factors associated with exclusion in later life. Contributing authors also present new evidence of the interplay between social institutions, policy processes, personal resources and the contexts within which ageing individuals live to show how this shapes inclusion or exclusion in later life. Dealing with topics such as globalisation, age discrimination and human rights, intergenerational relationships, poverty, migration, changing value systems and aspects of the built environment, the book's contributors provide new perspectives on contemporary ageing issues in contrasting cultural contexts.

Keywords: Ageing; Older people; Social exclusion; Social inclusion; Global trends

Book.  192 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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