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Ageing is one in a series of books published by Polity Press under the general rubric of “key concepts.” Written by one of the leading figures in social gerontology, the book consists of ten chapters divided into three sections. The first section outlines the socio-demographic nature of ageing, the second social divisions and inequalities in later life, while the third section addresses “new” pathways for later life. The aim is to outline the major characteristics and consequences of contemporary ageing societies and the changes in the institutions that once secured a place for old age.
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