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Disability and Ageing: Towards a Critical Perspective

Ann Leahy


The book explores how older people experience physical or sensory disability, taking a critical approach to gerontology. It also draws on critical disability studies, aspects of medical sociology and lifecourse studies. The book is informed by an empirical study with two groups rarely considered together in empirical or theoretical work – people first experiencing disability with ageing and people ageing with long-standing disability. Despite the fact that older people experiencing impairment are rarely considered ‘disabled’, the book shows that study participants could feel disabled by a rang ... More

Keywords: critical gerontology, disability studies, medical sociology, lifecourse, disability with ageing, ageing with disability, fourth age

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781447357155
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447357155.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ann Leahy, author
Maynooth University