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Ageing Body

Calnan, Michael (2021) Ageing Body. In: The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology. Wiley Blackwell. E-ISBN 978-1-4051-6551-8. (doi:10.1002/9781405165518.wbeosb039.pub2) (KAR id:86839)


This entry focuses on the sociology of the body in the context of older age. It begins with a brief overview of sociological perspectives on the body and why it has become topical of late. This provides the context for understanding some sociological insights about the aging body and the implications of changes in bodily appearance, bodily functioning, and bodily control. The decline of the body has implications for caring practices and providing dignified care. It is argued that the adoption of a social model of disease in health services appears to be more appropriate for the care of people in later life.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1002/9781405165518.wbeosb039.pub2
Uncontrolled keywords: Age Identity; Age prejudice and Discrimination; Aging; Body and Society
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Signature Themes: Future Human
Depositing User: Michael Calnan
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2021 17:17 UTC
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2022 00:00 UTC
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