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Becoming and Being Old
Sociological Approaches to Later Life

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August 1990 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Published in Association with British Sociological Association

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.

 
Introduction
 
PART ONE: BECOMING OLD
Cherrie Stubbs
Property Rites? An Investigation of Tenure Change in Middle Age
Frank Laczko
Between Work and Retirement
Becoming `Old' in the 1980s  
Tom Schuller
Work-Ending
Employment and Ambiguity in Later Life  
Jonathan Long
A Part to Play
Men Experiencing Leisure through Retirement  
 
PART TWO: BEING OLD
Sara Arber and G Nigel Gilbert
Transitions in Caring
Gender, Life Course and the Care of the Elderly  
Bill Bytheway
Poverty, Care and Age
A Case Study  
Maria Evandrou and Christina R Victor
Differentiation in Later Life
Social Class and Housing Tenure Cleavages  
Richard Wall
The Living Arrangements of the Elderly in Europe in the 1980s
 
PART THREE: OLD AGE
Mike Featherstone and Mike Hepworth
Ageing and Old Age
Reflections on the Postmodern Life Course  
Ken Blakemore
Does Age Matter? The Case of Old Age in Minority Ethnic Groups

`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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