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30 Dec 2005 0340517565 978-0340517567
Demographic ageing is a reality - within 25 years half the population of Western Europe will be over 50, one quarter over 65, and the Less Developed Countries will contain one billion elderly people. Ageing Societies examines the myths, challenges and opportunities behind these figures.

Ageing Societies explores three areas:

§ the growing necessity for extending economic activity into later life and the implications of societal ageing for the intergenerational contract and the provision of social security

§ the changes in modern families and the implications the changes have for the provision of support and care for the ageing population

§ the biggest demographic challenge of all: ageing in the Less Developed Countries where there is little or no infrastructure to provide long-term care or social security.

Combining bio-demography, sociology, economics and development studies, Ageing Societies highlights the opportunities of an ageing population for a mature society. Age-integrated and flexible workforces, increased labour mobility, intergenerational integration, age equality and politically stable age-integrated societies are the potential benefits of a demography which will be with us for the majority of this century.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (30 Dec 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340517565
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340517567
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 16 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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'Ageing Societies clearly written, wide-ranging and very well referenced.'

Times Higher Anthea Tinker, King's College London

This is a timely book, which in many ways provides the answer to those looking for a broad overview of the social, economic and policy consequences of demographic aging ... It must have been a considerable task to put together such a broad coverage, and Sarah Harper is to be congratulated ... In terms of readership, this book will be of considerable use to undergraduate students of gerontology and related policy areas. It is also likely to be a source book and a stimulus for researchers in a range of disciplines. Supplemented with regional texts on ageing and by other global overviews, I can foresee using this book regularly for my social gerontology courses.

David R. Phillips, Ageing & Society

About the Author

Sarah Harper is Director of the Oxford Institute of Ageing at the University of Oxford, UK. She has taught and studied issues of demography and societal ageing in China, Scandinavia, Australia and the USA, and was Professor in public policy at the University of Chicago, USA.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Ageing Societies 7 Jan 2012
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I bought this book in anticipation of an Msc Course I intend to do this year (on the reading list) It is very comprehensive and full of useful information. It is interesting to read unlike some academic and statistical books. I will enjoy reading the rest of it in the near future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction into "Population Ageing" 12 Feb 2006
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Dr. Sarah Harper's book "Ageing Societies" is probably one of the very best text-books in the market; as an introduction into "Population Ageing" as a demographic study. As she introduces at the very beginning, demographic ageing; whether at a global or international, communal or societal, familial or minimalist and individualistic level is a reality, and with:

1. falling fertility,

2. falling infant and adult mortality,

3. falling crude marriage rates (CMR),

4. falling total first marriage rates (TFMR) for men as well as women,

5. falling remarriage rates, and

6. increasing migration; our future generations have to cope with longer lifespan and better longevity for all future generations to come; thereby viewing global ageing of population in all countries across the world. If you are an undergraduate student in Sociology/Anthropology (or any other related stream from the Social Sciences, in general) and looking for an excellent introduction into all the topics related to demographic ageing, with lots of tables, charts and diagrams; then this is it! Also, advanced topics like: intergenerational contracts, retirement policies, Social Security models and Ageism as a crime are introduced and extrapolated.

This is an excellent introduction into the subject of "Population Ageing". 5 stars overall!!!

Subhasish Ghosh

St. Cross College,

University of Oxford
5.0 out of 5 stars Ageing Societies 6 May 2008
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This book is a must for everyone interested in gerontology, and research into ageing. It provides robust arguments, supported by good evidence, on ageing in all societies, from the less developed through to western industrialised societies.
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