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Ageing through austerityCritical perspectives from Ireland$
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Keiran Walsh, Gemma M. Carney, and Áine Ní Léime

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447316237

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447316237.001.0001

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Between inclusion and exclusion in later life

Between inclusion and exclusion in later life

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(p.113) Eight Between inclusion and exclusion in later life
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Ageing through austerity
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Thomas Scharf

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447316237.003.0008

This chapter has two broad aims. First, it seeks to summarise a growing, international body of gerontological knowledge relating to the theme of social exclusion as it affects ageing adults. Second, it presents a range of evidence concerning different forms of exclusion experienced by older people in Ireland, identifying possible trends in such disadvantage over the course of the recession and austerity programme. In a concluding section, the chapter reflects on the accumulated evidence to consider the ways in which ageing policy has developed in Ireland under the influence of the economic downturn, outlining potential implications for tackling exclusion in later life. Extending the lens beyond Ireland, the chapter offers an alternative view to that which currently dominates policy and media debates on ageing in a number of countries, one that identifies older people as being a relatively homogeneous group that has emerged from the period of austerity largely unscathed.

Keywords:   Social inclusion, Social exclusion, Poverty and deprivation, Loneliness and isolation, Civic engagement, Services, Neighbourhood and community

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