A New Age?
A New Age?
This chapter examines how the Great Recession and its aftermath have reconstructed age in some important, possibly enduring, forms. It first considers the ways in which a major recession exposes and amplifies hidden, or taken for granted, age demarcations and oppressions. In particular, it explores the impact of the recession on social groups such as young offenders, the elderly who need dementia care, child labourers, children and their parents, and baby boomers. It then discusses the implications of age and ageing for the way we make our interpersonal judgements and construct our identities, for organisations and societies, for retirement, and for consumer capitalism. It also explains how age and age anxiety have come to matter in so many different ways in the complex weave of modern/postmodern life. Finally, it looks at the concept of age inclusiveness and its ramifications for long-standing social policies and approaches, especially those relating to housing, transport, and families.
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