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Global Ageing in the Twenty-First Century


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Contents: Preface; Global ageing in the 21st century: an introduction, Zachary Zimmer and Susan A, McDaniel; The population ageing process in global perspective, Francois Heran; Part I Healthy Ageing and Health Care: Ageing, functional disabilities and its gender dimensions: results based on a study in Delhi, Moneer Alam; A gendered perspective on well-being in later life: Algeria, Lebanon and Palestine, Kristine J. Ajrouch, Kathryn M. Yount, Abla M. Sibai and Pia Roman; A global perspective on physiological change with age, Eileen Crimmins, Felicia Wheaton, Sarinnapha Vasunilashorn, Hiram Beltran-Sanchez, Lu Zhang and Jung Ki Kim; Religious activity and transitions in functional health and mortality among middle aged and older adults in Taiwan, Mira M. Hidajat, Zachary Zimmer and Baai-Shyun Hurng; Addressing health challenges of ageing in sub-Saharan Africa: policy perspectives and evidence needs, Isabella Aboderin; New myths about ageing: the growth of medical knowledge and its societal consequences, Dorly J.H. Deeg. Part II Ageing Workforce, Retirement and the Provision of Pensions: Population ageing and its global challenges, Codrina Rada; Reimagining old age in Europe: effects of changing work and retirement patterns, Kathrin Komp; Risky business; ageing as an information technology worker, Emily Jovic and Julie McMullin. Part III Shifting Intergenerational Relations: Gender, marital status and intergenerational relations in a changing world, Sara Arber; The cultural context of social cohesion and social capital: exploring filial caregiving, Neena L. Chappell; Generational differences in caregiving and its consequences, Janet Fast; Family relations and the experience of loneliness among older adults in eastern Europe, Kim Korinek; Levels of welfarism and intergenerational transfers within the family: evidence from the global ageing survey (GLAS), George W. Leeson and Hafiz T.A. Khan; Conclusion: Global ageing in the 21st century - where to from here?, Susan McDaniel and Zachary Zimmer; Index.

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Professor Susan A. McDaniel, University of Lethbridge, Canada. Professor Zachary Zimmer, University of California at San Francisco, USA. Zachary Zimmer, Susan A, McDaniel, Francois Heran, Moneer Alam, Kristine J. Ajrouch, Kathryn M. Yount, Abla M. Sibai, Pia Roman, Eileen Crimmins, Felicia Wheaton, Sarinnapha Vasunilashorn, Hiram Beltran-Sanchez, Lu Zhang, Jung Ki Kim, Mira M. Hidajat, Baai-Shyun Hurng, Isabella Aboderin, Dorly J.H. Deeg, Codrina Rada, Kathrin Komp, Emily Jovic, Julie McMullin, Sara Arber, Neena L. Chappell, Janet Fast, Kim Korinek, George W. Leeson, Hafiz T.A. Khan.


'McDaniel and Zimmer have put together an outstanding array of research chapters on the implications and possibilities of global ageing. The book is innovative in synthesising theory, empirical evidence and practice. Global Ageing is likely to be a leader in the field. I very strongly recommend this truly international book as it will ensure an global audience on the most pressing issue of our time'. Jason L. Powell, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK 'This valuable book succeeds in bringing together new thinking and evidence across regions and cities internationally. It adopts a constructive approach, recognising opportunities and challenges ahead and the wide variability of ageing across social groups and national contexts. The contributors include established authorities along with emerging scholars. While there is disciplinary strength - notably in demography, economics and sociology - the text is relatively free of jargon and should be accessible to a range of readers, including researchers, advanced students and policy makers.' Ageing and Society 'The ageing of the world's population is no longer a phenomenon restricted to wealthy or developed nations, but is evident in all continents, including Africa and all regions, including the Middle East. Clearly the time has come for us to take stock of the demographic transition at the global level to understand what population ageing on this unprecedented scale will mean for society, the economy, policy and the countless other things that are likely to be affected. This volume boldly confronts the issue, with some regard for the many who have gone before, but also with a refreshing energy that suggests that in the 21st century and with the benefit of some experience, perhaps we can see the shape of things to come more clearly.' International Journal of Ageing and Later Life 'This book vividly demonstrates how investigating global trends reveals the real subtleties and complexities beneath doomsday headlines on ageing. It makes the case for a redefinition or clearer perception of old age and how it is socio-politically constructed. While many books on ageing claim an international relevance, in this case the global badging is well justified. ... The book will be of great interest to academics and students across a range of disciplines, and should be read by policy makers and indeed by serious journalists writing about age, dependency, and intergenerational or international equity.' Sociology of Health & Illness

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