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Beyond Successful and Active Ageing: A Theory of Model Ageing

Virpi Timonen


This book argues that concepts such as successful, active, positive, healthy and productive ageing - ubiquitous terms in research, marketing and policymaking concerned with older adults – are paradigms that reflect and exacerbate inequalities in older populations. The book presents a new theory to make sense of the popularity of this family of successful and active ageing concepts. Readers are invited to view them through the prism of model ageing – a new social theory that throws light on the causes and consequences of attempts to model ageing as a phenomenon and stage of the life course that ... More

Keywords: successful ageing, active ageing, positive ageing, healthy ageing, productive ageing, social theory, life course, social construction, welfare states, interpretive theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781447330172
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447330172.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Virpi Timonen, author
Trinity College Dublin