"With great rigour, yet an enviable lightness of touch, Susan Pickard has written an engaging and accessible book that students will love."
- Rosaline Gill, City University London
"A scholarly tour de force that brings into focus the various disciplines, histories, literatures and knowledges that have transformed us into modern subjects of age."
- Stephen Katz, Trent University
Age Studies takes an invigorating approach to the study of age and ageing in contemporary society. Encompassing ageing throughout the life course, taking in childhood, adolescence, mid-life and older age, and situated explicitly within a sociological disciplinary framework, Age Studies:
Explores current social science debates on the study of ageing linking these to core sociological concepts.
Links theory and application, using a variety of examples and international case studies
Includes chapter summaries, further reading and guided questions.
A thought-provoking companion to advanced undergraduates and postgraduate student studying ageing, older people, social gerontology and related courses.
Chapter 1: Age Studies: What is it and why do we need it? Chapter Two: Class stratification and age Chapter Three: Gender Studies as a Paradigm for Age Studies Chapter Four: Constructing and deconstructing ages and stages of the life course Chapter Five: Identity and age Chapter Six: Age and Embodiment Chapter Seven: Sexuality through the life course Chapter Eight: Health, illness and normality through the life course Chapter Nine: Representing Ages and Stages Chapter Ten: Ages and Generations in interaction Chapter Eleven: Telling our own stories: Developing age consciousness and authentic age identities Chapter Twelve: Concluding Thoughts References