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Critical Perspectives on Aging: The…

Critical Perspectives on Aging: The Political and Moral Economy of Growing…

by Meredith Minkler

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ABOUT THE BOOK This unique volume brings together 20 critical essays on aging within the context of the broad social, political, and economic factors that help shape and determine the realities of growing old. Rather than viewing aging in isolation, it explores the social creation of old age dependency and the profound influence of race, gender, and social class on what it means to grow old. It looks too at such topics as the "biomedicalization" of aging; the role of business and the media in changing societal images of the old; the fact and fiction behind "senior power"; the multibillion dollar nursing home industry; and the role of advanced capitalist nations in creating economic dependency among elders in the Third World. Complementing the book's major focus in the political economy--of aging is its introduction of the concept of moral economy the shared societal assumptions underlying the norms of reciprocity on which an economy is grounded. By enabling a deeper exploration of such issues as what a society perceives is "due" its older members, the concept of moral economy serves to enrich the book's political economy framework, making possible a more thorough analyses of such topics as the history of retirement and current debates over the allocation of resources between generations.

In a time of heated debate over "generational equality" and the costliness of Social Security, Medicare, and other health and social programs, these perspectives are critical to understanding why the mislabelled "problem" of aging has become one of the most contentious social issues of our time.

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