Social Class in Later Life

Power, Identity and Lifestyle

Edited by Marvin Formosa and Paul Higgs

Social Class in Later Life

Edited by Marvin Formosa and Paul Higgs

Distributed for Bristol University Press

256 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2015
Paper $49.95 ISBN: 9781447300571 Published March 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9781447300588 Published July 2013 For sale in North and South America only
Social Class in Later Life collects the latest research on class, culture, and aging—exploring the relationship between them and offering a critical guide to the ways in which age and class relations intersect with each other. Bringing together a range of international scholars, Marvin Formosa and Paul Higgs develop a sophisticated, analytical, and empirical understanding of late-life class dynamics. It will be of interest to students and researchers examining the implications of global aging as well as scholars concerned with the development of a more critical and engaged gerontology.


    ~ Marvin Formosa and Paul Higgs

Social class structures and social mobility: the background context

   ~ Wendy Bottero

Ageing and class in a globalised world

   ~ Chris Phillipson

Measuring social class in later life

   ~ Alexandra Lopes

Social class, age and identity in later life

   ~ Martin Hyde and Ian Rees Jones

Class, pensions and old-age security

   ~ Elizangela Storelli and John Williamson

Class and health inequalities in later life

   ~ Ian Rees Jones and Paul Higgs

Class, care and caring

   ~ Christina Victor

Social work, class and later life

   ~ Trish Hafford-Letchfield

The changing significance of social class in later life

   ~ Marvin Formosa and Paul Higgs

Review Quotes
Sociology of Health & Fitness
“Anyone interested in social gerontology will want this short edited volume on their bookshelves—for the references and for the substantive content of the chapters.”
Journal of Social Policy
“A much-needed collection on social class and older age which looks critically at the constraints placed on older people and the emerging cultures of later life.”
Martin Kohli, European University Institute and Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences
“A most welcome collection that provides a much-needed and up-to-date orientation on the open frontiers of class across the life course.” 
James Nazroo, University of Manchester
“An exciting collection which successfully sets out to re-invigorate the consideration of class in gerontology. The editors have done a fantastic job of bringing the diverse positions adopted by the contributors into dialogue with each other.” 
Deborah Carr, Rutgers University
“This fascinating edited volume brings together top-notch scholars who each cast a unique lens on a rarely studied topic. A must-read for students of social gerontology, stratification, and inequalities.” 
Sara Arber, Centre for Research on Ageing and Gender, University of Surrey
“This eloquent, thought-provoking collection will be essential reading for scholars of ageing and all with an interest in policy linked to ageing.” 
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