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Justice between generations: the recent history of an idea

Harry R. Moody

in Critical perspectives on ageing societies

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9781861348906
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302001 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861348906.003.0009
Justice between generations: the recent history of an idea

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Picking up the issues raised about critical gerontology in general, this chapter explores these issues from a North American vantage point: highlighting how anxiety about population ageing arises most prominently at times when the fate of future generations appears to be at risk. It draws on historical, environmental and philosophical arguments to show how a focus on justice between generations is ‘an idea that will not go away’ and how it can illuminate the policy choices faced by ageing societies during the 21st century. The wide-ranging historical review concludes by proposing a greater attention to the ‘late freedom’ of old age as a model for generativity and concern for the welfare of future generations around the world.

Keywords: North America; critical gerontology; population ageing; ageing societies; justice; welfare

Chapter.  6222 words. 

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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