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Population ageing from a lifecourse perspective: Critical and international approaches

Kathrin Komp and Stina Johansson


Populations around the globe age. For Western countries, this demographic shift is one of the biggest current challenges, challenging individual life plans, family arrangements, market structures, care provisions, and the financial basis of pension schemes. This volume uses the life-course perspective to investigate causes and effects of population ageing. The life-course perspective suggests that individuals’ experiences at an early age can influence decisions and behaviour at a later age. Similarly, historical events such as World War II or the current economic crisis can alter current and f ... More

Keywords: life-course, population ageing, demography, country-comparisons

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781447310716
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447310716.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathrin Komp, editor
University of Helsinki

Stina Johansson, editor
Umea University

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One Introduction

Kathrin Komp and Stina Johansson

Part I Theoretical framework

Two A demographer’s view

J. Scott Brown and Scott M. Lynch

Three A lifecourse scholar’s view

Andreas Motel-Klingebiel

Part II Critical perspectives

Four Generations in ageing Finland

Antti Karisto and Ilkka Haapola

Five Gender in ageing Portugal

Karin Wall and Sofia Aboim

Six Socioeconomic status in ageing Poland

Konrad Turek, Jolanta Perek-Białas and Justyna Stypinńska

Seven Ethnicity in ageing America

Takashi Yamashita, Timothy S. Melnyk, Jennifer R. Keene, Shannon M. Monnat and Anna C. Smedley

Eight The urban–rural split in ageing Australia

Rachel Winterton and Jeni Warbuton

Part III Practical implications

Twelve The labour market in ageing Sweden

Mikael Stattin and Daniel Larsson

Thirteen The state in ageing Canada

Kathrin Komp and Patrik Marier

Part IV Discussion and conclusion

Fourteen Discussion and conclusion

Stina Johansson and Kathrin Komp

End Matter