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Critical perspectives on ageing societies$
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Miriam Bernard and Thomas Scharf

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861348906

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861348906.001.0001

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Progress in gerontology: where are we going now?

Progress in gerontology: where are we going now?

(p.139) Ten Progress in gerontology: where are we going now?
Critical perspectives on ageing societies

Tony Warnes

Judith Phillips

Policy Press

This chapter reviews progress in critical gerontology from a British perspective. Drawing on an examination of the first 25 years of the journal Ageing and Society, together with a case study of the interaction between the members and officials of the Welsh Assembly and gerontological advisers, the chapter clarifies who the variety of interest groups now are in the gerontological enterprise; how gerontology has grown and expanded; and what the strengths and weaknesses of current research are. A number of important challenges for gerontology and gerontologists include the paucity of theoretical development in gerontology; the persistent tension for gerontologists about whether to commit to gerontology or to their base discipline or research field; and the often difficult relationship between research and policy formulation and the dominance of biomedical and problem-oriented perspectives.

Keywords:   critical gerontology, Britain, older people, Ageing and Society, Welsh Assembly

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