The historical evolution of the third age

Ian Rees Jones, Martin Hyde, Christina R. Victor, Richard D. Wiggins, Chris Gilleard and Paul Higgs

in Ageing in a consumer society

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9781861348821
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301431 | DOI:
The historical evolution of the third age

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This chapter takes a look at the evolution of the ‘third age’ in British society, and traces its growth as a concept and as a social and cultural space. It uses various demographic and historical data, and presents various typologies and periodisations of the ‘third age’. The discussion also studies the ways in which it is expressed and reproduced in different social contexts. Several terms such as ‘generation X’, ‘baby boomers’, and ‘sixties hippies’ are introduced.

Keywords: evolution; third age; social space; cultural space; typologies; periodisations; generation X; baby boomers; sixties hippies

Chapter.  6349 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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