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Ageing, which means and Social Structure advances the severe discourse on gerontology, providing new understandings of key social and moral dilemmas dealing with getting older societies. Connecting methods which were really remoted from each other, it integrates significant streams of idea inside severe gerontology: analyses of structural concerns within the context of political economic climate and humanist views on problems with existential that means, supplying vital examining for students, scholars, coverage makers, and practitioners in gerontology and humanism studies.

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Globalisation and Public Policy Under New Labour’, Policy Studies, vol. 25, no. 1 (March), pp. 51-65 Dannefer, D. and Phillipson, C. (eds) (2010) The Sage handbook of social gerontology, London: Sage Publications. de Grey,A. S. Rattan (ed) Ageing interventions and therapies, Singapore:World Scientific Publishing, pp 379-95. -U. (2009) ‘The nature of health care: commodification versus solidarity’, in L. Panitch and C. Leys (eds) Morbid symptoms: Health under capitalism, Socialist Register 2010, London: Lawrence & Derrida, J.

Even the effort to bear our decay courageously is, one says, a way to grow mentally. But that is only word play. Projects refer only to our activities and to experience your age is not an activity. To grow up, mature, grow old and die: the passage of time is your destiny. (de Beauvoir, 1972, p 540) De Beauvoir preferred as a conclusion a much more activist approach than even Jung: In order to prevent that old age becomes a ridiculous travesty of our previous life, there is only one possibility: to pursue a goal that gives meaning to our life.

These reactions consist of new moral perspectives on the development of Western culture, life politics and the quality of life, illustrated in areas such as: the ethics of self-care (Foucault, 1985), the ethics of autonomy (Frankfurt, 1988), the ethics of authenticity (Taylor, 1991), the ethics of virtue (MacIntyre, 1981/1985) and the ethics of care (Gilligan, 1982). Part of this debate, particularly the conflict between the ethics of autonomy and the ethics of care, has been reviewed in ‘Ethics and old 35 Ageing, meaning and social structure age’ (Holstein, 2010a, p 630ff).

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