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Positive Ageing, Neo-Liberalism and Australian Sociology.

By Nicole Asquith

Abstract

NoAustralian sociology has wrestled with most of the big issues facing this society; however, when it comes to one of the most significant changes to face Australia in the next 30 years, it has suddenly lost its capacity to engage with the nexus between demography, social processes and political structures. While governments have forged ahead with responsibilization agendas in health, welfare and unemployment, sociology has voiced its concern about the implications for Australia¿s most disadvantaged. Yet, when it comes to population ageing, sociology has been, in large part, silent in the face of neoliberal policies of positive ageing, which have framed the `problem¿ as a deficit that must be managed primarily by individuals and their families. This article maps the field of positive ageing, identifies key social concerns with this policy approach and asks, where is Australian sociology

Topics: Positive ageing, Gerontology
Publisher: Sage
Year: 2009
OAI identifier: oai:bradscholars.brad.ac.uk:10454/3895
Provided by: Bradford Scholars
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