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Valuing older people: A humanist approach to ageing

Ricca Edmondson and Hans-Joachim Von Kondratowitz


How can people understand older people as real human beings, value their wisdom, and appreciate that their norms and purposes both matter in themselves and are affected by those of others? Using a life-course approach, this book argues that the complexity and potential creativity of later life demand a humanistic vision of older people and ageing. It acknowledges the diversity of experiences of older age, and presents a range of contexts and methodologies through which they can be understood. Ageing is a process of creating meaning carried out by older people, and is significant for those arou ... More

Keywords: older people, human beings, life-course approach, later life, ageing

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Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9781847422927
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847422927.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ricca Edmondson, editor

Hans-Joachim Von Kondratowitz, editor

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Ricca Edmondson, and Hans-Joachim von Kondratowitz

Part One Religion, spirituality, cultural resources and creating meaning

Part Two Norms, values and gerontology

Six The long road to a moralisation of old age

Hans-Joachim von Kondratowitz

Eight Pension systems and the challenge of population ageing: what does the public think?

Dina Frommert, Dirk Hofäcker, Thorsten Heien, and Hans-Jürgen Andreß

Part Three Ageing and wisdom? Conflicts and contested developments


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