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

Biggs, Simon; Phillipson, Chris; Money, Anne‐Marie; Leach, Rebecca

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Authors

Simon Biggs

Chris Phillipson

Anne‐Marie Money



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.

Citation

Biggs, S., Phillipson, C., Money, A., & Leach, R. (2007). The Age-shift: observations on social policy, ageism and the dynamics of the adult lifecourse. Journal of Social Work Practice, 20(3), 239 - 250. https://doi.org/10.1080/02650530600931708

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Jan 23, 2007
Publication Date Jan 23, 2007
Journal Journal of Social Work Practice
Print ISSN 0265-0533
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 20
Issue 3
Pages 239 - 250
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/02650530600931708
Keywords Social policy, intergenerational, ageism, work–life balance, mid-life, baby-boomers
Public URL https://keele-repository.worktribe.com/output/403468
Publisher URL https://doi.org/10.1080/02650530600931708

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