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Book

Dependency and interdependency in old age: theoretical perspectives and policy alternatives

Editors:
PHILLIPSON Chris, BERNARD Miriam, STRANG Patricia
Publisher:
Croom Helm/British Society of Gerontology
Publication year:
1986
Pagination:
371p., tables, bibliogs.
Place of publication:
London
Journal article

Social exclusion and quality of life of excluded older people

Authors:
SCHARF Thomas, PHILLIPSON Chris, SMITH Allison E.
Journal article citation:
Working with Older People, 9(3), September 2005, pp.32-35.
Publisher:
Emerald

This article reports on findings from a study commissioned by the Social Exclusion Unit to inform its work on excluded older people.  It covers the key findings with recommendations for ways in which Government might better meet the needs of some of Britain's most disadvantaged older people. The research draws on 32 in-depth interviews and 10 case studies of people aged 60 and over living in socially deprived neighbourhoods of Liverpool, Manchester and the London borough of Newham, who experience more than one type of exclusion.

Book

The sociology of old age

Authors:
FENNELL Graham, PHILLIPSON Chris, EVERS Helen
Publisher:
Open University Press
Publication year:
1988
Pagination:
200p., illus., bibliog.
Place of publication:
Milton Keynes

Introduction to the social aspects of ageing in Britain today. Aimed at students of sociology and professionals dealing with the elderly, but can also be used as a critical text for researchers.

Book

Ageing and social policy : a critical perspective

Editors:
PHILLIPSON Chris, WALKER Alan
Publisher:
Gower
Publication year:
1986
Pagination:
334p., tables, bibliog.
Place of publication:
Aldershot
Book

Capitalism and the construction of old age

Author:
PHILLIPSON Chris
Publisher:
Macmillan
Publication year:
1982
Pagination:
202p.
Place of publication:
London
Journal article

"Fuller" or "extended" working lives: a critical commentary

Author:
PHILLIPSON Chris
Journal article citation:
Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, 15(4), 2014, pp.237-240.
Publisher:
Emerald

Purpose: Encouraging people to work longer has become a key objective for public policy. This commentary provides assessment of current government policy towards older workers. It provides background to the treatment of older workers; highlights the distinction between a 'fuller' and an 'extended' working life; notes the importance of separating out different groups within the category 'older worker; and finally, identifies areas for action to suppose those now facing working into their 60s and beyond. Findings: This paper identifies problems implementing policy of extending working and provides various areas of action to support older workers. It suggests extending work is unlikely to be achieved without ensuring greater security for older workers and highlights the importance of developing more support for older workers. (Edited publisher abstract)

Journal article

The ‘elected’ and the ‘excluded’: sociological perspectives on the experience of place and community in old age

Author:
PHILLIPSON Chris
Journal article citation:
Ageing and Society, 27(3), May 2007, pp.321-343.
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

This article explores various issues concerned with belonging and identity in the context of community change and residential location. It examines the changing nature of community attachments in later life, and their impacts on the quality of old age lives. It also notes the increased importance of environmental perspectives within gerontology, not least because environments are being transformed through the diverse social, cultural and economic changes associated with globalisation. The argument is developed that globalisation offers a new approach to thinking about community and environmental relationships in later life, and that the impact of global change at a local level has become an important dimension of sociological aspects of community change. It is argued that it is especially important to apply these perspectives to older people, given that many have resided in the same locality for long periods. At the same time, globalisation also gives rise to new types of movement in old age, and is constructing an expanding mix of spaces, communities and lifestyle settings. A key argument of the article, however, is that global processes are generating new social divisions, as between those able to choose residential locations consistent with their biographies and life histories, and those who experience rejection or marginalisation from their locality.

Journal article

Work and retirement transitions: changing sociological and social policy contexts

Author:
PHILLIPSON Chris
Journal article citation:
Social Policy and Society, 3(2), April 2004, pp.155-162.
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

The main argument of this paper is that retirement will retain its importance over the next few decades, despite pressure from governments to encourage workers to delay leaving paid employment. Retirement may prove especially difficult to reverse among the ‘baby boom’ cohorts where an expectation of withdrawing from work at earlier ages has become entrenched. The article examines the policy context influencing current debates. It then reviews data on retirement attitudes and trends in the employment of older workers. The paper concludes by arguing for a ‘broadening’ in the social institution of retirement, with the development of new types of social engagement in formal as well as informal spheres of activity.

Book

Health education and older people: the role of paid carers

Authors:
PHILLIPSON Chris, STRANG Patricia
Publisher:
University of Keele, Department of Adult Education, and Health Education Council
Publication year:
1984
Pagination:
186p., tables, bibliog.
Place of publication:
Keele
Journal article

Ageing in urban environments: developing 'age-friendly' cities

Authors:
BUFFEL Tine, PHILLIPSON Chris, SCHARF Thomas
Journal article citation:
Critical Social Policy, 32(4), November 2012, pp.597-617.
Publisher:
Sage

In the context of the social trends of population ageing and urbanisation, developing environments responsive to the aspirations and needs of older people has become a significant issue for social policy. This article outlines and provides a critical perspective on the idea of 'age-friendly' cities initiated by the World Health Organization. It discusses the complexities of cities as sites of interlocking and conflicting commercial, social and political interests, and suggests shifting the focus from what an ideal city for older people is to how age-friendly cities are. It looks at constraints and opportunities for older people living in urban environments, social policy and policy strategies for making cities more age-friendly, and examples of involving older people in developing age-friendly urban environments. It also summarises current tensions in urban development, including the diverse needs of different populations living in cities. The authors emphasise the importance of developing new policies and approaches to involving older people in the social and economic life of cities.

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