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From exclusion to inclusion in old ageA global challenge$
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Thomas Scharf and Norah C. Keating

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781847427731

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847427731.001.0001

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Globalisation, economic recession and social exclusion: policy challenges and responses

Globalisation, economic recession and social exclusion: policy challenges and responses

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(p.17) Two Globalisation, economic recession and social exclusion: policy challenges and responses
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From exclusion to inclusion in old age
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Chris Phillipson

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847427731.003.0002

Set within the context of the global economic recession initiated by the collapse of major international financial institutions in 2008, Chris Phillipson assesses the ways in which processes arising from globalisation are transforming later life. Despite the fact that population ageing has frequently been constructed as a global problem and issue, the chapter argues that the on-going reduction of expenditure on public programmes increasingly acts to transfer risks to individual older people and their families. This process creates new and distinctive forms of inequality. The chapter examines competing trends in the exclusion debate in light of such global developments, and considers four potential approaches to challenging exclusion. This involves, firstly, maintaining a framework for supportive ties within and between generations; secondly, promoting understanding of the value of public services; thirdly, securing 'protected social spaces' to support vulnerable and marginal groups; and, fourthly, promoting a rights-based approach to development in later life.

Keywords:   Globalisation, Economic recession, Inequality, Ageing, Older people, Social exclusion

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