Research Handbook on Inequalities in Later Life


Research Handbook on Inequalities in Later Life

9781789907230 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Catherine Earl, Senior Lecturer, School of Communication and Design, RMIT Vietnam and Philip Taylor, Professor, Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick, UK
Publication Date: 2024 ISBN: 978 1 78990 723 0 Extent: 328 pp
This Research Handbook critically examines the myriad social and economic inequalities faced by those in later life. Contributors dissect examples from the Global North and South to support a new approach to studying ageing that moves beyond popular discourses.

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This Research Handbook critically examines the myriad social and economic inequalities faced by those in later life. Contributors dissect examples from the Global North and South to support a new approach to studying ageing that moves beyond popular discourses.

Cognisant of the diversity of ageing populations, the Research Handbook on Inequalities in Later Life outlines ways of rebalancing public policy agendas to consider older persons’ ideas and experiences. Throughout the chapters, experts present thought-provoking insights on ageing in the context of the community and the individual by delving into international case studies. They cover a wide range of issues, including employment, gender, wealth, housing, the ageing body, sexuality, indigenous populations, disability, technology, morbidity, and mortality. Presenting a progressive framework that prioritises wellbeing as a public good, the Handbook highlights the importance of social connectedness, older people’s advocacy, and further research into the meaning of successful and active ageing.

Comprehensive in scope, this stimulating Research Handbook will be invaluable for scholars of gerontology, sociology, anthropology, development studies, comparative social policy, health, labour policy, and public policy. It will also be of benefit to policymakers and practitioners in advocacy organisations.
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‘The Research Handbook on Inequalities in Later Life represents a comprehensive overview of the range of experiences and challenges facing older people across the Global North and South. It provides a state-of-the art survey of theoretical and empirical research covering a wide variety of countries and topics. The Research Handbook represents a major editorial achievement and will be a key reference work for academics, policymakers and practitioners alike.’
– Chris Phillipson, University of Manchester, UK

‘Tackling topics such as aging bodies, income security, precarious work, colonization, prisons, sexuality, and more, Earl and Taylor curate thought-provoking chapters that push the global and intellectual boundaries of later life inequalities research. The Research Handbook on Inequalities in Later Life is a must-read for scholars, students, and advocates.’
– Jennifer Craft Morgan, Georgia State University, US


1 Inequalities in later life: an introduction to key issues 1
Catherine Earl and Philip Taylor
2 Does gravity always win? Ageing experiences and models of
perfection from an art-based ethnography of body excellence 15
Chiara Pussetti and Federica Manfredi
3 Post-industrialism and inter-generational inequality in
distribution of the ‘good death’ in older age 29
Andrew Dawson
4 The denial of disability experienced by older people 41
Sandra South
5 Precarious work at older age in China: the role of institutions 56
Ge Yu, Philip Taylor and Xin Deng
6 Indigenous populations, ageing and the legacies of colonisation 75
Ellen Finlay and Tony Broe
7 A multidimensional trajectory of older refugees’ resettlement
and its policy implications 89
Shaune-Ru Wang, Victoria Guinn and Lisa M. Brown
8 Prisons and ageing: inequalities from the cradle to the grave 104
Philip J. Gover and Soraya Camarena Villar
9 Housing, ageing and inequity: can the 100-year life work
without housing security for all? 120
Phillippa Carnemolla and Vivienne Skinner
10 Technological policy tools and implementation of social
protection policies in Africa: emerging inequalities in social
safety net programmes for older persons in Kenya 138
Japheth Otieno Ondiek and Gedion Onyango
11 The role of sexuality in older people’s lives: a multi-method
analysis from Colombia 159
Fernando Ruiz-Vallejo, Carolina Borda-Niño-Wildman, Ángela
Cifuentes-Avellaneda and Catalina Devia
12 Socioeconomic inequalities in functional health among very
old adults in Germany 182
Jonas Fey and Jaroslava Zimmermann
13 The politics of older adult learning: social class, gender,
ethnicity and age inequalities 196
Marvin Formosa
14 Ageing and inequalities in the ASEAN countries 209
Philip Taylor and Catherine Earl
15 Caring for childless older people in the land of a thousand
hills: empirical evidence from Rwanda 237
Albert Irambeshya
16 Toxic workplaces, older women and the ‘pandeconomy’ 248
Myfan Jordan
17 Doing biography: (re)constructing the intersection of gender
and age(ing) through narrations and experiences of older people 266
Ines Hiegemann
18 Who chooses to switch patterns of employment after retirement age? 280
Hila Axelrad and Aviad Tur-Sinai
19 Future agendas in researching inequalities in later life 298
Catherine Earl and Philip Taylor
Index 309
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