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Ageing in a consumer societyFrom passive to active consumption in Britain$
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Ian Rees Jones

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781861348821

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861348821.001.0001

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Later life in consumer society

Later life in consumer society

(p.48) (p.49) Five Later life in consumer society
Ageing in a consumer society

Ian Rees Jones

Martin Hyde

Christina R. Victor

Richard D. Wiggins

Chris Gilleard

Paul Higgs

Policy Press

This chapter presents data that was taken from four decades of the Family Expenditure Survey on the patterns of consumption among older people in the UK from 1968 to 2003. It examines the extent to which, with increasing affluence and the growth of a consumer society, the social nature of ageing has become more differentiated. It shows that not only has the patterning of consumption and expenditure changed, but the period has also witnessed considerable changes in the patterning of inequality. The chapter also states that there is evidence to suggest that polarisation and inequality have become acute among older age groups.

Keywords:   Family Expenditure Survey, social nature, ageing, patterns of expenditure, patterns of consumption, patterning of inequality, polarisation

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