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Adult lives
A life course perspective

Jeanne Katz, Sheila Peace, Sue Spurr
Hardback, 496 pages, 240 x 172 mm
Other formats available
30 Nov 2011


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"This is certainly a very thought-provoking and informative title with much for health and social care practitioners to consider ... a very useful collection of perspectives and research on a topic that is highly pertinent to our time."
CNWL NHS Foundation Trust newsletter.
"Adult Lives: A Life Course Perspective..contains an exciting mix of new material and extracts from key existing texts..It therefore covers much of social gerontology with a mixture of disciplines."
Anthea Tinker, Journal of Ageing and Society
"Linked to the Open University's innovative teaching, this reader contains an exciting mix of new material and extracts from key existing texts - interspersed with the voices of real people using services."
Jon Glasby, University of Birmingham
"Adult Lives is a comprehensive collection of articles covering key issues of environment, social inclusion, human rights and ethical considerations. The inclusion of 'real voices' deepens the insights into diversity of experience in the adult life course."
Anne Martin-Matthews, University of British Columbia

About This Book

With the proportion of people between young adulthood and the third age growing in relation to children and young people in western industrialised societies, there is an increasing need for a comprehensive look at the past, present and future of adult lives. These adult lives are defined by the experience of history, are structurally specific, and draw upon different interpersonal, lifestyle and cultural resources and it is important to recognise the impact of the past and the present on future adult lives. 'Adult Lives', co-published by The Policy Press and the Open University, is a diverse collection of readings, rich in resources, from all stages of life. These readings contribute to a shared life course perspective to understand how those living and working together in an ageing society relate to each other. The originality and appeal of this Reader lies in its holistic approach to understanding ageing in adulthood through biography and auto-biography that is applicable to all, including those developing policy and in practice, and will make essential reading for those who wishing to contextualise ageing, understand how lives can be transformed through policy and practice, and consider the lived experience

Author Biography

The editors work in the Faculty of Health and Social Care at The Open University, UK. Jeanne Katz is a medical sociologist whose research has focused on the care of older people in different environments; Sheila Peace is Professor of Social Gerontology and a human geographer by first discipline with expertise in environment and ageing research; Sue Spurr is a curriculum manager in the Faculty and is undertaking a doctorate in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).


Introduction ~ Jeanne Katz, Sheila Peace and Sue Spurr
Contextualising Adulthood: Introduction ~ Jeanne Katz, Sheila Peace and Sue Spurr
Real voice: The Turnip ~ Jean-Dominique Bauby
Section 1: Quality of life and the life course: The lifecourse perspective on ageing: linked lives, timing, and history ~ Vern L. Bengston, H. Glen, J.R. Elder and Norella M. Putney
Imagining old age ~ Rebecca L. Jones
Quality of life ~ David Phillips
Implications for ageing well in the twenty-first century ~ Ann Bowling
Chronic illness as biographical disruption ~ Michael Bury
Aging with a childhood onset disability ~ Tracie C. Harrison and Alexa Stuifbergen
Section 2: Individual ageing and social relationships: Health and mortality ~ Christina Victor
Psychological ageing ~ Alfons Marcoen, Peter G. Coleman and Ann O'Hanlon
Dementia reconsidered: the person comes first ~ Tom Kitwood
The 'Senses Framework': a relationship centred approach to care ~ Mike Nolan and Serena Allan
Disability and adulthood ~ Mark Priestly
A sense of belonging: informal support from family, friends and acquaintances ~ Christine Bigby
Section 3: The environment: from accommodation to community: Environment and ageing ~ Sheila Peace, Hans-Werner Wahl, Heidrun Mollenkop and Frank Oswald
Life course ~ Caroline Holland and Sheila Peace
The role of technologies in the everyday lives of older people ~ Caroline Holland
Accommodating older and disabled prisoners in England and Wales ~ Barbara M. Glover
Community care and support for black and African Caribbean older people ~ Josie Tetley
'Exclusion is necessary': excluding people from society ~ Daniel Dorling
Real voice: Have I done enough? ~ Ros Coward
Real voice: Going the distance: a family journey after acute stroke ~ Julia
Transforming adulthood: Section 4: Human rights and the life course: Using human rights to defeat ageism ~ Peter Townsend
To empower or to protect: does the law assist in cases of self-neglect? ~ Tim Spencer-Lane
Safeguarding vulnerable adults over the life course ~ Gordon Grant
Section 5: Practice: ways of doing - or not?: Why collaborate? ~ Janet Bardsley
Working in teams: relationships in balance? ~ Geraldine Crewes
'Tu' or 'Vous'? A European qualitative study of dignity and communication with older people in health and social care settings ~ Gillian Woolhead, Win Tadd, Josep Antoni Boix-Ferrer, Stefan Krajcik, Barbara Schmid-Pfahler, Barbro Spjuth, David Stratton, Paul Dieppe
Assessment: mastering a technical process or exercising an art? ~ Ian Buchanan
Section 6: International dimensions: Globalization and health and social welfare: some key issues ~ Sandy Sieminski
Falling through the cracks in social welfare: invisible adult migrants in the UK ~ Geraldine Lee-Treweek
Decentring social policy? Devolution and the discipline of social policy ~ Charlotte Williams and Gerry Mooney
The intellectual origins of social capital ~ Andrew Gibson
Social services for the aged in Cuba ~ Elizabeth M. Bertera
Perceptions of ageism: views of older people ~ Victor Minichiello, Jan Browne and Hal Kendig
Mental health and mental disorder in a global context ~ David Pilgrim
Real voice: The best it can be ~ Charis Uden
Real voice: Keep the change ~ David Uden
Understanding Adulthood: Section 7: Ethical considerations: The ethics triad: virtues, values and codes of practice ~ George Giarchi
Lying, cheating, breaking promises, and stealing ~ Jacques Thiroux
The individual in social care: the ethics of care and the 'personalisation agenda' in services for older people in England ~ Liz Lloyd
A little bit of heaven for a few? A case analysis ~ Ann Gallagher and Nigel Sykes
Section 8: The Complexity of Real Lives: Mixing methods in a qualitatively driven way ~ Jennifer Mason
Researching social change ~ Julie McLeod and Rachel Thomson
Critically appraising qualitative research ~ Ayelet Kuper, Lorelei Lingard and Wendy Levinson
Learning about bisexuality : a case study approach ~ Rebecca L. Jones
Identifying and predicting drug-related harm with applied qualitative research ~ Stephen Parkin
Experiences of drug use and ageing: Health, quality of life, relationship and service implications ~ Brenda Roe, Caryl Beynon, Ludy Pickering and Paul Duffy
Critical reflections on the rise of qualitative research ~ Catherine Pope and Nicholas Mays
Real voice: Keeper ~ Andrea Gillies.


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