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    Reconstructing the elderly: a critical analysis of pensions and population policies in an era of demographic ageing

    Coole, Diana (2012) Reconstructing the elderly: a critical analysis of pensions and population policies in an era of demographic ageing. Contemporary Political Theory 11 (1), pp. 41-67. ISSN 1470-8914.

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    Abstract

    This article examines recent ageing policies and the way they are framed. Here it identifies underlying but sometimes contradictory narratives of growth and decline. It concludes that the overall aim of such policies is to reconstitute elderly subjectivities, conduct and everyday experience in light of neoliberal ambitions for sustained economic growth and geopolitical anxieties about regional decline nurtured by an unprecedented demographic process of population ageing. As a consequence, the language of inclusion is judged to be of ambiguous value for elderly people. Although the article is critical of the ways older people are perceived as a problem and of the solutions – such as pension reform, biopolitical-cum-economic behaviour modification and pronatalism – that are being pursued, in response it also finds some potential in current thinking for a more radical reappraisal of the elderly lifestyle and of the life cycle as a whole in relation to work regimes. It speculates that the generation of post-war baby boomers now approaching retirement just might rediscover resources in its counter-cultural memory to imagine a more emancipatory elder life congruent with a more sustainable environment.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Politics
    Research Centre: British Politics and Public Life, Centre for the Study of
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2013 11:50
    Last Modified: 07 Dec 2016 15:24
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/7306

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