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Ageing, insight and wisdom: Meaning and practice across the lifecourse

Ricca Edmondson


Life-course meaning and insight remain stubbornly significant for (older) people: it is damaging to inhabit societies that believe existence loses meaning after paid employment ceases. This view amounts to the social exclusion of older people, needing to be countered both politically and by exploring alternative interpretations of older age. Using examples from the author’s experience in Ireland, the UK, Germany, Austria and the US, the book deploys a confluence of disciplinary approaches, exploring compelling versions of later-life meaning in everyday life and gerontological literature. In ea ... More

Keywords: wisdom, older age, gerontology, transactional approach

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781847425935
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847425935.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ricca Edmondson, author
National University of Ireland