Population Ageing from a Lifecourse Perspective

Critical and International Approaches

Edited by Kathrin Komp and Stina Johansson

Population Ageing from a Lifecourse Perspective

Edited by Kathrin Komp and Stina Johansson

Distributed for Bristol University Press

304 pages | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2
Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9781447310716 Published June 2015 For sale in North and South America only
As populations around the globe age, it’s more important than ever that we understand how aging affects families, market structures, and social provisions. This volume, part of the Ageing and the Lifecourse series, argues that taking the life course perspective offers the  best way to understand the causes and effects of population aging. The book combines insights from a number of different disciplines, as well as real-life experiences, to describe the theories and practices behind the life course approach.
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-Bialas and Justyna Stypinska
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.
Review Quotes
Kalyani K. Mehta, SIM University, Singapore
“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.”
Jani Erola, University of Turku, Finland
“Population ageing is a key social issue, yet seldom studied as a lifecourse phenomenon. This comparative contribution fills the gap in the literature.”
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