Evidence of widening inequalities in later life raises concerns about the ways in which older adults might experience forms of social exclusion. Such concerns are evident in all societies as they seek to come to terms with the unprecedented ageing of their populations. Taking a broad international perspective, this highly topical book casts light on patterns and processes that either place groups of older adults at risk of exclusion or are conducive to their inclusion.
Leading international experts challenge traditional understandings of exclusion in relation to ageing in From Exclusion to Inclusion in Old Age. They also present new evidence of the interplay between social institutions, policy processes, personal resources and the contexts within which ageing individuals live to show how this shapes inclusion or exclusion in later life. Dealing with topics such as globalisation, age discrimination and human rights, intergenerational relationships, poverty, and migration, the book is essential reading for anyone interested in ageing issues.
Thomas Scharf is Professor of Social Gerontology and Director of the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology, National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland.
Norah C. Keating is Professor and Co-Director of Research on Ageing, Policies and Practice at the University of Alberta, Canada. She is Director of the Global Social Initiative of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics.
Conceptualising social inclusion ~ Thomas Scharf and Norah Keating; Globalisation and ageing: new patterns of social inclusion and exclusion ~ Chris Phillipson; Older people in developing countries: inclusion and security? ~ Peter Lloyd-Sherlock, Armando Barrientos and Julia Mase; The impact of changing value systems on social inclusion ~ Kevin Cheng and David R. Phillips; International migration patterns and exclusion ~ Sandra Torres; Exclusion from material resources: poverty amongst older adults in Europe ~ Asghar Zaidi; Age discrimination as a source of exclusion: towards an international human rights and ethics framework ~ Astrid Stuckelberger and Philippe Chastonay; Social inclusion of elders in families ~ Jim Ogg and Sylvie Renaut; Inclusive built environments for older adults ~ Gloria Gutman and Atiya Mahmood; Future perspectives: towards a more inclusive society? ~ Norah Keating and Thomas Scharf.
"This is an important book for students, policy makers and practitioners in the ageing and social policy fields because it provides essential theoretical and empirical insights into a critical issue for the well-being of older people. It is highly recommended."
Alan Walker FBA, Professor of Social Policy & Social Gerontology, The University of Sheffield