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Valuing older peopleA humanist approach to ageing$
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Ricca Edmondson and Hans-Joachim Von Kondratowitz

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847422927

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847422927.001.0001

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The long road to a moralisation of old age

The long road to a moralisation of old age

(p.107) Six The long road to a moralisation of old age
Valuing older people

Hans-Joachim von Kondratowitz

Policy Press

There are different ways of regarding the phenomenon of ageing and people should be conscious of them. This chapter identifies the process of an increasing generalisation of normative standards for old age by, at the same time, pointing to the coexistence of habits, values, attitudes, and arguments that had their origin in pre-modern times but are now given a new societal frame. Since the main emphasis will relate to adult and older life stages, it is essential to complement this study by a thorough analysis of the other phases of life and their dynamics. Today, the emergence of new normative frameworks such as ‘successful ageing’ and an increasing weight of ‘active ageing’ brings new questions to be set in comparison to long-term changes discussed in this chapter.

Keywords:   ageing, habits, societal frame, older life, successful ageing, active ageing

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