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Thinking about ageing: a critique of liberal social gerontology.

Authors
  • Novak, M
Type
Published Article
Journal
Age and ageing
Publication Date
Nov 01, 1979
Volume
8
Issue
4
Pages
209–215
Identifiers
PMID: 517312
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The paper begins by comparing the modern view of ageing, which sees ageing as a social problem, with the ancient Stoic account of ageing, which sees ageing as a spiritual problem. This comparison allows us to see how modern gerontology has redefined ageing and has created a new context for its discussion. Through this comparison we find that gerontology today displays an affinity for scientific research methods and a liberal orientation to public policy and that on these two pillars, it rests its promise for creating a good old age. After analysing and providing a critique of gerontology's commitments, the paper concludes with a discussion of an alternative conception of good ageing and with a recommendation for the genesis of an alternative form of gerontology.

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