Population ageing from a lifecourse perspective

Critical and international approaches

Edited by Kathrin Komp and Stina Johansson

Population ageing from a lifecourse perspective
Populations around the globe are ageing rapidly. This demographic shift affects families, market structures and social provisions. This timely volume, part of the Ageing and the Lifecourse series, argues that the lifecourse perspective helps us understand the causes and effects of population ageing. The lifecourse perspective suggests that individuals’ experiences at an early age can influence their decisions and behaviour at a later age. This much-needed volume combines insights from different disciplines and real-life experiences to describe the theories and practices behind this idea. It therefore caters to the needs of scholars, practitioners and policy makers in a range of areas including sociology and political science.
Introduction ~ Kathrin Komp and Stina Johansson;
Part One: Theoretical framework:
A demographer’s view: population structures tell a story about lifecourses ~ J. Scott Brown and Scott M. Lynch;
A lifecourse scholar’s view: lifecourses crystallise in demographic structures ~ Andreas Motel-Klingebiel;
Part Two: Critical perspectives:
Generations in ageing Finland: finding your place in the demographic structure ~ Antti Karisto and Ilkka Haapola;
Gender in ageing Portugal: following the lives of men and women ~ Karin Wall and Sofia Aboim;
Socioeconomic status in ageing Poland: a question of cumulative advantages and disadvantages ~ Konrad Turek, Jolanta Perek-Bia?as and Justyna Stypi?ska;
Ethnicity in ageing America: a tale of cultures and lifecourse ~ Takashi Yamashita, Timothy S. Melnyk, Jennifer R. Keene, Shannon M. Monnat and Anna C. Smedley;
The urban–rural split in ageing Australia: diverging lifecourses, diverging experiences ~ Rachel Winterton and Jeni Warburton;
Part Three: Practical implications:
The individual in ageing Germany: how the self-employed plan for their old age ~ Annette Franke;
Families in ageing Netherlands and ageing China: redefining intergenerational contracts in lengthened lives ~ Fleur Thomese and Zhen Cong;
Social care in ageing Sweden: learning from the life stories of care recipients ~ Stina Johansson;
The labour market in ageing Sweden: lifecourse influences on workforce participation ~ Mikael Stattin and Daniel Larsson;
The state in ageing Canada: from old-age policies to lifecourse policies ~ Kathrin Komp and Patrik Marier;
Discussion and conclusion ~ Stina Johansson and Kathrin Komp.

“The book has a refreshing approach towards the global issue of population ageing, thus stimulating readers to view the phenomenon both from a macro and micro perspective. The authors do an excellent job of linking individual diverse pathways with national developments around the globe.” Kalyani K. Mehta, SIM University, Singapore

"Population ageing is a key social issue, yet seldom studied as a lifecourse phenomenon. This comparative contribution fills the gap in the literature." Jani Erola, University of Turku, Finland

About the book

Populations around the globe are ageing rapidly. This demographic shift affects families, market structures and social provisions. This timely volume, part of the Ageing and the Lifecourse series, argues that the lifecourse perspective helps us understand the causes and effects of population ageing. The lifecourse perspective suggests that individuals’ experiences at an early age can influence their decisions and behaviour at a later age. This much-needed volume combines insights from different disciplines and real-life experiences to describe the theories and practices behind this idea. It therefore caters to the needs of scholars, practitioners and policy makers in a range of areas including sociology and political science.

Content

Introduction ~ Kathrin Komp and Stina Johansson;
Part One: Theoretical framework:
A demographer’s view: population structures tell a story about lifecourses ~ J. Scott Brown and Scott M. Lynch;
A lifecourse scholar’s view: lifecourses crystallise in demographic structures ~ Andreas Motel-Klingebiel;
Part Two: Critical perspectives:
Generations in ageing Finland: finding your place in the demographic structure ~ Antti Karisto and Ilkka Haapola;
Gender in ageing Portugal: following the lives of men and women ~ Karin Wall and Sofia Aboim;
Socioeconomic status in ageing Poland: a question of cumulative advantages and disadvantages ~ Konrad Turek, Jolanta Perek-Bia?as and Justyna Stypi?ska;
Ethnicity in ageing America: a tale of cultures and lifecourse ~ Takashi Yamashita, Timothy S. Melnyk, Jennifer R. Keene, Shannon M. Monnat and Anna C. Smedley;
The urban–rural split in ageing Australia: diverging lifecourses, diverging experiences ~ Rachel Winterton and Jeni Warburton;
Part Three: Practical implications:
The individual in ageing Germany: how the self-employed plan for their old age ~ Annette Franke;
Families in ageing Netherlands and ageing China: redefining intergenerational contracts in lengthened lives ~ Fleur Thomese and Zhen Cong;
Social care in ageing Sweden: learning from the life stories of care recipients ~ Stina Johansson;
The labour market in ageing Sweden: lifecourse influences on workforce participation ~ Mikael Stattin and Daniel Larsson;
The state in ageing Canada: from old-age policies to lifecourse policies ~ Kathrin Komp and Patrik Marier;
Discussion and conclusion ~ Stina Johansson and Kathrin Komp.
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