Progress in gerontology: where are we going now?

Tony Warnes and Judith Phillips

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:
Progress in gerontology: where are we going now?

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This chapter reviews progress in critical gerontology from a British perspective. Drawing on an examination of the first 25 years of the journal Ageing and Society, together with a case study of the interaction between the members and officials of the Welsh Assembly and gerontological advisers, the chapter clarifies who the variety of interest groups now are in the gerontological enterprise; how gerontology has grown and expanded; and what the strengths and weaknesses of current research are. A number of important challenges for gerontology and gerontologists include the paucity of theoretical development in gerontology; the persistent tension for gerontologists about whether to commit to gerontology or to their base discipline or research field; and the often difficult relationship between research and policy formulation and the dominance of biomedical and problem-oriented perspectives.

Keywords: critical gerontology; Britain; older people; Ageing and Society; Welsh Assembly

Chapter.  6592 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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