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

1st Edition

Meredith Minkler, Carroll L. Estes

Routledge
Published June 15, 1990
Reference - 362 Pages
ISBN 9780895030757 - CAT# Y316754
Series: Policy, Politics, Health and Medicine Series

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Summary

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.

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