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Martin Hyde and Paul Higgs

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447322276

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447322276.001.0001

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Politics, place and ageing

Politics, place and ageing

(p.135) Seven Politics, place and ageing
Ageing and Globalisation

Martin Hyde

Paul Higgs

Policy Press

This chapter critically maps the global landscapes of the politics of ageing and later life. This is important because any understanding of the relationship between globalization and ageing needs also to address the political dimensions that are specific to each polity. Three key emerging epistemic communities around ageing and later life are identified in this chapter. These are 1) the anti-ageing enterprise, 2) the new pension orthodoxy and 3) the active ageing epistemic community. Their existence once again questions the dominance of methodological nationalism in the formulation of both the policies and the cultures of old age. They also challenge the too simplistic notion that globalization is an unstoppable juggernaut with its own deterministic logic. Instead, the chapter reveals that no one spatial logic is dominant, but that in order to be successful these communities must align groups across a wide range of spatialities.

Keywords:   epistemic communities, anti-ageing enterprise, active ageing, globalization, politics

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