Transitions and the Lifecourse

Challenging the Constructions of ’Growing Old’

Amanda Grenier

Transitions and the Lifecourse

Amanda Grenier

Distributed for Bristol University Press

241 pages | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 | © 2012
Paper $49.95 ISBN: 9781847426918 Published March 2012 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9781847426925 Published March 2012 For sale in North and South America only

Transitions and the Lifecourse investigates and challenges dominant interpretations of transitions in late life. Amanda Grenier takes a cross-national and interdisciplinary comparative approach to the topic of aging and the life course, yielding a fresh perspective on these transitions as well as considering some innovative strategies for addressing concerns related to them. Scholars and students interested in social gerontology, policy studies in health and social care, and older people’s accounts of lived experience will find this book to be a stimulating read.

About the author
Foreword by Judith Phillips

Part One: The context of growing old
1. The study of transition in late life
2. Critical perspectives on ageing and the lifecourse
3. Multidisciplinary approaches to transition
4. The intersections of policy, practice and experience
5. Socio-cultural constructs of late life
Part Two: Contested models of ageing and late life
6. Narratives of transition on ageing and late life
7. Rethinking transition
8. Social location and ’othered’ constructs of age
9. The fourth age: impairment in late life
10. Future directions

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