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The Age-shift: observations on social policy, ageism and the dynamics of the adult lifecourse

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Abstract

Through a critical engagement with policy trends, we ask how shifts in ideologies of ageing might influence the possibilities available to adults as they grow older. Of particular interest are the implications for how people are being encouraged to think about the adult lifecourse. We address these questions by looking at policy development, taking the 2000–2005 period in the UK as a case example, and by comparing this period to wider regional and international trends. Finally, we assess the implications of contemporary policy, from a psychodynamic point of view, for the maintenance of a viable identity in later life and for intergenerational relationships.

Publication Date Jan 23, 2007
Journal Journal of Social Work Practice
Print ISSN 0265-0533
Publisher Routledge
Pages 239 - 250
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/02650530600931708
Keywords Social policy, intergenerational, ageism, work–life balance, mid-life, baby-boomers
Publisher URL https://doi.org/10.1080/02650530600931708

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