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This wide-ranging and accessible Reader examines the range of issues raised by ageing in contemporary society. The collection is unique in combining academic and practitioner analysis with personal accounts. Ageing and Later Life reflects the diverse nature of the subject by taking a multidisciplinary approach, including literary, historical, sociological, policy, psychological, philosophical and clinical perspectives. This lively and informative book features essays by major authors in the field and includes discussions of: cultural aspects of self-image and identity; current concerns relating to health and well-being; the reality of power and control in the care of older people; concepts and values which shape our understanding of ageing; issues of policy and politics; and historical perspectives on ageing and possibilities for the future.An invaluable sourcebook for students and researchers in social gerontology, sociology, psychology, health and social work, as well as policymakers and practitioners, this book is a set book for The Open University course K256 An Ageing Society

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