“With great rigour, yet an enviable lightness of touch, Susan Pickard has written an engaging and accessible book that students will love.” – Rosaline Gill, City University London “A scholarly tour de force that brings into focus the various disciplines, histories, literatures and knowledges that have transformed us into modern subjects of age.” – Stephen Katz, Trent University Age Studies takes an invigorating approach to the study of age and ageing in contemporary society. Encompassing ageing throughout the life course, taking in childhood, adolescence, mid-life and older age, and situated explicitly within a sociological disciplinary framework, Age Studies: • Explores current social science debates on the study of ageing linking these to core sociological concepts. • Links theory and application, using a variety of examples and international case studies • Includes chapter summaries, further reading and guided questions. A thought-provoking companion to advanced undergraduates and postgraduate student studying ageing, older people, social gerontology and related courses.
Each of the chapters in this book has sought, according to different themes, to demonstrate how the age system serves both to produce hierarchies of its own and to naturalize existing social inequalities by presenting them as inevitable: whether associated with youth, mid-life or old age. In doing so, we have seen how age interlocks with gender and class to form a formidable meshwork of stratification as well as to render individuals governable through their freedom (Rose, 1999). Through the chapters we also looked at the analytic concepts and tools at our disposal as sociologists which may, with certain modifications, serve to highlight and critique age inequalities and the age ideology that ...