Ageing, meaning and social structure : connecting critical by Jan Baars

By Jan Baars

Ageing, which means and Social Structure advances the serious discourse on gerontology, delivering new understandings of key social and moral dilemmas dealing with getting older societies. Connecting ways which have been quite remoted from each other, it integrates significant streams of suggestion inside of serious gerontology: analyses of structural concerns within the context of political economic system and humanist views on problems with existential that means, offering critical analyzing for students, scholars, coverage makers, and practitioners in gerontology and humanism studies.

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A. (2007) Older Americans, vital communities:A bold vision for societal ageing, Baltimore, MD:The Johns Hopkins University Press. Baars, J. (2009) ‘The crisis of credit, ageing, and the life world’, Paper presented at the World Congress of Gerontology, Paris. Baars, J. (2010a) ‘Ageing as increasing vulnerability and complexity: towards a philosophy of the life course’, in J. Bouwer (ed) Successful ageing, spirituality, and meaning, Leuven: Peeters, pp 39-52. Baars, J. R. Cole, R. Ray and R. Kastenbaum (eds) A guide to humanistic studies in ageing, Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press, pp 105-20.

1973) The open society and its enemies, New York: Routledge & Kegan Paul. Russell, B. (1951) New hopes for a changing world, London: George Allen & Unwin. Russell, B. (2009) Mysticism and logic: And other essays, Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. Settersten, R. and Trauten, M. (2009) ‘The new terrain of old age: hallmarks, freedoms and risks’, in V. Bengston, D. Gans, N. Putney and M. Silverstein (eds) Handbook of theories of aging (2nd edn), New York: Springer, pp 455-70. , Oishi, S. B. (2009) ‘Meaning in life across the life span: levels and correlates of meaning in life from emerging adulthood to older adulthood’, The Journal of Positive Psychology, vol 4, no 1, pp 43-52.

Foucault (1997) specified this ethics of self-care as a practice of freedom, and he had an autonomous and vital lifestyle in mind: practice self-care and remain open to change and renewal in a dynamic society. Ethics of autonomy The concept of autonomy is currently used in different ways. The discussion about the interpretation of positive freedom is about autonomy as capacity and as a condition. Notable proponents of this type of ethics include Harry Frankfurt (1971, 1988), Ronald Dworkin (1989), Diana Meyers (1989),Thomas Cole (1992) and Peter Bieri (2006).

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