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Ageing, meaning and social structureConnecting critical and humanistic gerontology$
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Jan Baars, Joseph Dohmen, Amanda Grenier, and Chris Phillipson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447300908

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447300908.001.0001

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My own life: ethics, ageing and lifestyle

My own life: ethics, ageing and lifestyle

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(p.31) Three My own life: ethics, ageing and lifestyle
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Ageing, meaning and social structure
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Joseph Dohmen

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447300908.003.0003

Recent decades has seen a shift from what may be termed a 'politics of emancipation' to a politics of life. In a post-traditional society, late-modern people, young and old, are individualized and forced to lead a life on the basis of a reflexive lifestyle. Key aims for older people include those associated with positive health and successful ageing. In this paper a moral lifestyle for later life Is presented as an alternative to the dominant neo-liberal concept of the choice biography. The first part of the paper discusses the transition to a politics of life as a daily struggle for a life of one's own. The chapter will then show how current moral philosophy responds critically to this modern development. In the last part, the theme of a lifestyle for later life is developed. Through a moral lifestyle, older people can better relate to the cultural dictates they are confronted with, and together try to re-appropriate their own lives.

Keywords:   politics of emancipation, politics of life, post-traditional society, moral lifestyle for later life, moral philosophy

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