Ageing through Austerity

Critical Perspectives from Ireland

Edited by Kieran Walsh, Gemma M. Carney, and Áine Ní Léime

Ageing through Austerity

Edited by Kieran Walsh, Gemma M. Carney, and Áine Ní Léime

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

With a Foreword by Alan Walker and an Afterword by Chris Phillipson
208 pages | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 | © 2015
Cloth $126.00 ISBN: 9781447316237 Published June 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Demographic aging is a global challenge with significant social policy implications. This book explores these implications, with a particular focus on the pressures and prospects for aging societies in the context of austerity.

Ageing through Austerity presents a carefully crafted study of aging in Ireland, a nation that transitioned from Celtic Tiger to bail-out state as one of the countries hardest hit by the Eurozone financial crisis. Providing a close, critical analysis of aging and social policy that draws directly on the perspectives of older people, this book makes significant advances in framing alternatives to austerity-driven government policy and neoliberalism, giving a refreshing interdisciplinary account of contemporary aging.
Contents
Foreword ~ Alan Walker
Introduction - social policy and ageing through austerity ~ Kieran Walsh, Gemma M. Carney and Áine Ní Léime
Contextualising ageing in Ireland ~ Sheelah Connolly
Citizenship in an age of austerity: towards a constructive politics of ageing ~ Gemma M. Carney
Active ageing: social participation and volunteering in later life ~ Áine Ní Léime and Sheelah Connolly
Pension provision, gender, ageing and work in Ireland ~ Áine Ní
Léime, Nata Duvvury and Aoife Callan Interrogating the ‘age-friendly community’ in austerity: myths, realities and the influence of place context ~ Kieran Walsh
Reframing policy for dementia in Ireland ~ Eamon O’Shea, Suzanne Cahill and Maria Pierce
Between inclusion and exclusion in later life ~ Thomas Scharf and Kieran Walsh
Conclusion - Beyond austerity: critical issues for future policy ~ Gemma M. Carney, Kieran Walsh and Áine Ní Léime
Afterword: Austerity policies and new forms of solidarity ~ Chris Phillipson.
Review Quotes
W. Andrew Achenbaum, University of Houston
“By illuminating individual, regional, and societal disparities, this book helps readers rethink the consequences of altered political economies and practices, such as recession, on aging and generations.”
Norah Keating, director of the Global Social Initiative on Ageing, International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics
“With impeccable timing, Walsh, Carney and Ni Léime capture the intersections of population aging and global economic recessions, using Ireland as the exemplar of the impact of austerity on older people.”
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