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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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Justice between generations: the recent history of an idea

Justice between generations: the recent history of an idea

(p.125) Nine Justice between generations: the recent history of an idea
Critical perspectives on ageing societies

Harry R. Moody

Policy Press

Picking up the issues raised about critical gerontology in general, this chapter explores these issues from a North American vantage point: highlighting how anxiety about population ageing arises most prominently at times when the fate of future generations appears to be at risk. It draws on historical, environmental and philosophical arguments to show how a focus on justice between generations is ‘an idea that will not go away’ and how it can illuminate the policy choices faced by ageing societies during the 21st century. The wide-ranging historical review concludes by proposing a greater attention to the ‘late freedom’ of old age as a model for generativity and concern for the welfare of future generations around the world.

Keywords:   North America, critical gerontology, population ageing, ageing societies, justice, welfare

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