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Author Craciun, Irina Catrinel,
Title Positive aging and precarity : theory, policy, and social reality within a comparative German context / Irina Catrinel Craciun.
Imprint Cham, Switzerland : Springer, [2019]

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Author Craciun, Irina Catrinel,
Series International perspectives on aging ; volume 21.
International perspectives on aging ; 21.
Subject Older people -- Germany -- Social conditions.
Older people -- Germany -- Economic conditions.
Older people -- Germany -- Psychology.
Precarious employment -- Psychological aspects.
Description 1 online resource.
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Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary This book explores positive aging through the lens of precarity, aiming to ground positive aging theories in current social contexts. In recent years, research on aging has been branded by growing disagreements between supporters of the successful aging model and critical gerontologists who highlight the widening inequalities, disadvantages and precarity that characterize old age. This book comes to fill a gap in knowledge by offering an alternative view on positive aging, informed by precarity and its impact on projections concerning aging. The first part of the book places aging in broader theoretical and empirical context, exploring the complex links between views on aging, successful aging theories, policy and social reality. The second part uses results from a qualitative research conducted in Germany to illustrate the dissonance between successful aging ideals and both negative and positive views on aging as well as aging preparation strategies inspired by precarity. Findings from this section provide a solid starting point for comparisons with countries that are both similar and different from Germany in terms of welfare regimes and aging policies. The final part of the book discusses the psychological implications of these findings within and beyond the German case study and outlines potential solutions for practice. This book provides health psychologists, gerontologists, sociologists, social workers, health professionals as well as students and aging individuals themselves with better understanding of the meaning of aging in precarious times and builds confidence about aging well despite precarity.
Note Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on June 14, 2019).
Contents Intro; Preface; References; Acknowledgements; Contents; About the Author; 1 Introduction: Issues of Aging and Precarity; Defining the Issue; Methods and Origins of the Book; Summary of the Book; References; Part I; 2 Positive Aging Theories and Views on Aging; Introduction; How Positive Aging Theory Shapes Views on Aging; Positive Aging-A Shift in the Research Paradigm; The Successful Aging Theory; How Views on Aging Affect Our Lives; Effects of Positive Views Versus Negative Views on Aging; Should We Think Differently About Aging? Critiques to Positive Aging Theory
Life Course Perspective and Process Models Versus OutcomesSuccess as a Controversial Value; Missing Voices- Lay People Perspectives on Successful Aging; References; 3 The Politics of Positive Aging; Introduction; Defining Active Aging Policy: Do Views on Aging Play a Role?; Policy Development and Views on Aging; How Policy Ideas Are Reflected by Lay Peoples' Views on Aging; How Policy Is Changing Views on Aging; WHO and Changing Views on Aging at Individual Level; EU and Changing Views on Aging at Community Level; Active Aging Policy Targeting Changes in Views on Aging: The Case of Germany
Critique of Active Aging Policy: Time for Formulating New Views on Aging?References; 4 The Social Reality of Aging; Introduction; Precarious Work and Vanishing Pensions; Precarity and (ill) Health; Precarity and Loneliness in Old Age; How Precarity Shapes Our Cognitions and Emotions; References; Part II; 5 Perceptions of the Precarious Life: The Middle-Aged Precariat in Germany; Introducing the Precariat; Who Are the Aging Precariat and Why Are They Important?; The Aging Precariat in Germany; Why Berlin and the Chosen Case Studies; "Joining" the Precariat; The Paradox of Freedom
The "Surprised" GenerationWho Survives Precarity?; The Chameleon Self; The Social Activist; References; 6 Views on Aging in Precarious and Financially Secure Individuals; Introduction; Contexts that Trigger Thoughts About Aging; Fifty Is a Magic Number; Self-definitions and Perceptions of Aging; Negative Views on Aging; The Treacherous Aging Bodies; Old Age Represented as an Illness; Chronological Age Is Obsolete; No Image Is a Negative Image-"Being Wrapped up in the Moment"; Positive Views on Aging Reality or Wishful Thinking?; Hopes of an Active Old Age in Financially Secure Individuals
Hopes of Wisdom and Life Satisfaction in Precarious IndividualsReferences; 7 Preparing for Old Age; Introduction; To Prepare or not to Prepare for Old Age?; Thinking Short-Term; Fostering Positive Thinking; Investing in Health; Acquiring Work Skills for Later Life; Developing Social Networks; Using Family Structures as a Resource for Old Age; Barriers Toward a Positive Old Age Experienced by Precarious Individuals; The Feeling of Lack of Control; The Commodified Healthy Body; Lacking Resources from the State; Planning Old Age Carefully: The Financially Secure Individuals
ISBN 9783030142551 electronic book
3030142558 electronic book
ISBN/ISSN 10.1007/978-3-030-14
OCLC # 1101781242
Additional Format Print version: Craciun, Irina Catrinel Positive Aging and Precarity : Theory, Policy, and Social Reality Within a Comparative German Context Cham : Springer,c2019 9783030142544.

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