The historical evolution of the thirdage
the historical evolution of
The idea that later life could be represented as a thirdage of individual engagement
and relative autonomy is one that has been contentious among social gerontologists
since it started to gain widespread use in the 1990s; see Bury (1995) for a critique
and Freedman (1999) for an exhortation. Part of the reason for the controversy
lies not in the sentiment for a better later life but in the challenge that the idea
of a thirdage represents for existing
This interview study explores money practices among Swedish partnered individuals in the thirdage, focusing on money practices in relation to couplehood. Couples in the thirdage are relatively healthy and active and often have a stable financial situation ( Larsson, 2007 ). Severe disability and health impairment most often begin after age 80 ( Santoni et al, 2015 ), which marks the beginning of the fourth age ( Laslett, 1987 ). Couplehood in older age has previously been explored primarily through studies that focus on the fourth age and on
Employability in the thirdage: a
qualitative study of older people
in the Glasgow labour market
This chapter, like the preceding one on youth, focuses on equality issues
related to age. It proceeds by first highlighting the significance of age
discrimination in the context of it often being considered socially less
important than racism, sexism or other forms of oppression. It is argued
that the concept of the ‘thirdage’ is potentially a basis from which
to challenge age oppression, as long as diversity issues are
realities, third-age ideals:
(grand)parenthood in the context
of poverty and HIV/AIDS
Within contexts of poverty and the AIDS-related epidemics in (South)
Africa, this chapter positions itself at the interface of the historical–
moral engagement of grandparents in the care and nurturing of
grandchildren with contemporary social realities and aspirations.
Grandparents, specifically grandmothers,1 in (South) Africa have always
found themselves in a situation of reciprocal exchanges: grandmothers
From ‘special needs’ to ‘lifestyle
choices’: articulating the demand
for ‘thirdage’ housing
It is customary to think of housing for older people as housing for people
with ‘special needs’, but, as society ages, older people’s living arrangements
will undoubtedly become a major component within mainstream housing.
What is more, older people are quite unlike any other ‘special needs’
category because they are ‘our future selves’. This chapter argues that
pressures in the UK may already be precipitating a fundamental shift in
Retirement communities in
Britain: a ‘third way’ for the
Judith Phillips, Miriam Bernard, Simon Biggs and Paul Kingston
This chapter addresses a form of community living that has been proposed
as an antidote to many of the problems of traditional residence for older
people while maintaining the advantages of community living. Retirement
communities have been associated with active lifestyles in later life, non-
discriminatory practice in relation to ageing, participation in day-to-day
decision making, and have been credited with
Attention to social class is a major issue confronting the study of ageing in the 21st century, yet it has been significantly overlooked to date.
Social class in later life: Power, identity and lifestyle provides the most up-to-date collection of new and emerging research relevant to contemporary debates on the relationship between class, culture, and later life It explores the interface between class dynamics and later life, whilst acting as a critical guide to the ways in which age and class relations ‘interlock’ and ‘intersect’ with each other, whilst examining the emergence of new forms of inequalities alongside the interrogation of more traditional divisions.
Social class in later life brings together a range of international high profile scholars to develop a more sophisticated, analytical and empirical understanding of class dynamics in later life. It will be of major interest to students and researchers examining the implications of global ageing, and will appeal to scholars concerned with the development of a more critical and engaged gerontology.
Many developed nations face the challenge of accommodating a growing, ageing population and creating appropriate forms of housing suitable for older people.
Written by an architect, this practice-led ethnography of retirement housing offers new perspectives on environmental gerontology. Through stories and visual vignettes, it presents a range of stakeholders involved in the design, construction, management and habitation of third-age housing in the UK, to highlight the importance of design decisions for the everyday lives of older people.
Drawing on unique and interdisciplinary research methods, its fresh approach shows researchers how well-designed retirement housing can enable older people to successfully age in place for longer, and challenges designers, developers and providers to evolve their design practices and products.
Despite evidence of a more sexually active ‘third age’, ageing and later life (50+) are still commonly represented as a process of desexualisation.
Challenging this assumption and ageist stereotypes, this interdisciplinary volume investigates the experiential and theoretical landscapes of older people’s sexual intimacies, practices and pleasures. Contributors explore the impact of desexualisation in various contexts and across different identities, orientations, relationships and practices.
This enlightening text, reflecting international scholarship, considers how we can distinguish the real challenges faced by older people from the prejudices imposed on them.
Targeted as the ‘grey consumer’, people retiring now participated in the creation of the post-war consumer culture. These consumers have grown older but have not stopped consuming.
Based on extensive analysis over two years, this unique book examines the engagement of older people with consumer society in Britain since the 1960s. It charts the changes in the experience of later life in the UK over the last 50 years, the rise of the ‘individualised consumer citizen’ and what this means for health and social policies.
The book will appeal to students, lecturers, researchers and policy analysts. It will provide material for teaching on undergraduate courses and postgraduate courses in sociology, social policy and social gerontology. It will also have considerable appeal to private industry engaged with older consumers as well as to voluntary and non-governmental organisations addressing ageing in Britain.