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Ageing with disabilityA lifecourse perspective$
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Eva Grassman and Anna Whitaker

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447305224

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447305224.001.0001

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Ageing with disability: An introduction

Ageing with disability: An introduction

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Ageing with disability

Eva Jeppsson Grassman

Anna Whitaker

Policy Press

This chapter presents background and an introduction to the lifecourse- and ageing approach of the book. With focus on biography, ageing, and long lives with disability, the key questions of the book are presented, including: what does it mean to live a long life and to age with a physical or mental disability? How have the lives of disabled people been affected by an era marked by disability reforms and identity politics? What does it mean to be an ageing parent and continue to care for an adult disabled child? How are we to understand couplehood in the case when both parties are disabled? Methodological issues related to the studying of individual lives in historical contexts are raised. The historical conditions that form the time frame of the studies referred to in the book are presented and an overview of the development of disability policies in Europe is given.

Keywords:   Ageing, Biography, A long life with disability, Disability policies, Historical contexts

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