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Becoming and being old : sociological approaches to later life /
edited by Bill Bytheway ... [et al.].
imprint
London : Sage, 1989.
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vii, 184 p.
ISBN
0803981708
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London : Sage, 1989.
isbn
0803981708
catalogue key
3640151
 
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
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Appeared in Choice on 1990-01:
Well-written and thoughtful, this collection of essays is divided into three parts. Part 1 examines how ambiguity ad heterogeneity characterize the process of growing older. One chapter on property rights and three on work and retirement clearly describe how older people negotiate the end of their working days and how they acquire control over their homes and daily activities at the same time. Part 2 offers two essays on caring patterns and two on living arrangements of older people. Most of this section reports on data, drawn from households that include members aged 65 and over, from the British 1980 General Household Survey (GHS). Part 3 contains an interesting article on the postmodern life course, which supports Gubrium's thesis that old age is a mask that conceals a more youthful self. The last article concerns social relationships and life satisfaction among minority groups and argues that age by itself is an insufficient explanatory variable. The writing style is straightforward and very readable. Aside from a few tables in the three articles using GHS data, the chapters are free of statistics and discipline-specific jargon. Chapter references, name index, and subject index. Strongly recommended for all libraries supporting programs in gerontology. -L. A. Baumhover, University of Alabama
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'Stimulating and interesting... should be in libraries as a resource for a variety of tutors and students.' - Nursing the Elderly 'This is an exciting collection of papers because it brings together such a variety of research and conceptualizing and places them in a cumulative relationship to each other.... It will have a place in the serious literature and in student bibliographies for some years to come' - Journal of Educational Gerontology 'Well written and thoughtful.... Strongly recommended for all libraries supporting programs in gerontology' - Choice 'A stimulating sample of contemporary British studies of becoming and being old... a well-written set of papers providing new opportunities for the advance of theory and research' - Ageing and Society 'A stimulating and interesting text... should be in libraries as a resource for a variety of tutors and students... of particular interest to those who are undertaking further studies in community nursing whether they be health visitor, community psychiatric or district nurse students. All would find this book a useful resource to 'dip' into' - Nursing Standard 'An interesting look at 'becoming and being old' from the viewpoint of the academic sociologist' - Help the Aged Today 'Provides a useful introduction to the variety of British research on the later stages of the life cycle. And it also highlights the importance of being aware of such factors as the economy, housing and social welfare provisions in shaping people's experiences of aging' - Canadian Journal of Sociology
'Stimulating and interesting... should be in libraries as a resource for a variety of tutors and students.' - Nursing the Elderly'This is an exciting collection of papers because it brings together such a variety of research and conceptualizing and places them in a cumulative relationship to each other.... It will have a place in the serious literature and in student bibliographies for some years to come' - Journal of Educational Gerontology'Well written and thoughtful.... Strongly recommended for all libraries supporting programs in gerontology' - Choice'A stimulating sample of contemporary British studies of becoming and being old... a well-written set of papers providing new opportunities for the advance of theory and research' - Ageing and Society'A stimulating and interesting text... should be in libraries as a resource for a variety of tutors and students... of particular interest to those who are undertaking further studies in community nursing whether they be health visitor, community psychiatric or district nurse students. All would find this book a useful resource to 'dip' into' - Nursing Standard'An interesting look at 'becoming and being old' from the viewpoint of the academic sociologist' - Help the Aged Today'Provides a useful introduction to the variety of British research on the later stages of the life cycle. And it also highlights the importance of being aware of such factors as the economy, housing and social welfare provisions in shaping people's experiences of aging' - Canadian Journal of Sociology
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Summaries
Main Description
In this volume contributors examine the assumptions normally made about the elderly and offer differing sociological perspectives on becoming and being old, and on the concept of age itself. Instead of seeing the elderly in terms of needs, they offer alternative analyses in light of class, gender and race. Examining the life-cycle perspective on old age, they show how retirement from the workforce is only one aspect of becoming old, and arguably one which is important for only a minority of the ageing population.
Main Description
The state of being old is normally taken for granted. It is related directly to the elderly and is consequently viewed through perspectives on later life which emphasise the elderly as a group definable largely in terms of needs for health care, for pensions and for social support of various kinds. Similarly, the process of becoming old is widely represented by one key transition, that from paid employment to retirement. Becoming and Being Old examines these assumptions and offers differing sociological perspectives on becoming and being old and on the concept of age itself. Instead of seeing the elderly in terms of needs, the contributors offer alternative analyses in terms of class, gender and race. Examining the life cycle perspective on old age, they show how retirement from the workforce is only one aspect of becoming old, and arguably one which is important for only a minority of the ageing population. The volume will be of interest to all researchers and scholars in the sociology of ageing and social gerontology.
Table of Contents
Introduction
Becoming Old
Property Rites? An Investigation of Tenure Change in Middle Age
Between Work and Retirement
Becoming 'Old' in the 1980s
Work-Ending
Employment and Ambiguity in Later Life
A Part to Play
Men Experiencing Leisure through Retirement
Being Old
Transitions in Caring
Gender, Life Course and the Care of the Elderly
Poverty, Care and Age
A Case Study
Differentiation in Later Life
Social Class and Housing Tenure Cleavages
The Living Arrangements of the Elderly in Europe in the 1980s
Old Age
Ageing and Old Age
Reflections on the Postmodern Life Course
Does Age Matter? The Case of Old Age in Minority Ethnic Groups
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