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Organizing Age$
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Stephen Fineman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199578047

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199578047.001.0001

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A New Age?

A New Age?

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(p.131) 7 A New Age?
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Organizing Age
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Stephen Fineman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199578047.003.0007

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.

Keywords:   age, Great Recession, elderly, ageing, organisations, retirement, consumer capitalism, age anxiety, age inclusiveness, social policies

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