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Author Higgs, Paul, author

Title Personhood, identity and care in advanced old age / Paul Higgs and Chris Gilleard
Published Bristol, UK ; Chicago, IL, USA : Policy Press, 2016
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Description 1 online resource (vii, 178 pages)
Contents PERSONHOOD, IDENTITY AND CARE IN ADVANCED OLD AGE; Contents; Preface; 1. Old age and the fourth age paradigm; Modelling the fourth age; Social imaginary of a fourth age; Elements of the fourth age imaginary; Conclusions ; 2. Interrogating personhood; The ambivalence of 'persons'; Personhood as metaphysical identity; Persons and selves; Persons as agents; Personhood and moral status; The developmental nature of personhood and its moral identity; Conclusions; 3. Agency, identity and personhood in the social sciences; Durkheimian views of personhood and the self
Care work and care homesCare work and the transformation of home; Care work, care ethos and the moral order of care; Conclusions; 8. Care without limits; Journeys towards advanced infirmity; Mapping versus storying 'decline'; Advanced dementia, terminal personhood; Advance care and the ownership of the self; Conclusions; 9. Conclusion; Personhood and a critique of the philosophy of care; The fourth age imaginary: aid or obstacle to care?; Conclusions; References; Index
Frailty as a marker of a new abject classAbjection's dirty work; Abuse abjection and the dialectic of dependency; Conclusions; 6. The moral imperative of care ; The nature of care and caring; Care as a moral or social imperative; The social relations of care: formal and informal care; Identity, agency and ambiguity in informal care; Agency in the co-construction of care; Reciprocity and the care relationship; Care and its corporeal constraints; Conclusions; 7. Care work; Care work of infirm older people: a brief history; Contemporary patterns of care work; The experience of care and care work
From social to symbolic interactionismAnthropology: de-centring and re-centring the self; Contemporary sociology and the reflexive turn ; Agency, structure and reflexivity -- the work of Margaret Archer; Personhood as property and status; Agency, identity, personhood -- common themes and points of distinction; Conclusions; 4. Frailty; Biomedical models of frailty; Frailty as the loss of health reserves; Frailty: compromised agency/flawed identity; Frailty and the moral imperative of care; Conclusions; 5. Understanding abjection; The fate of the abject class
Summary Pushing forward new sociological theory, this book explores the theoretical and practical issues raised by ageing, and the associated problems of mental and physical frailty in later life
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 139-171) and index
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Subject Aging -- Social aspects.
Older people -- Care.
Older people -- Social conditions.
Older people -- Social life and customs.
Form Electronic book
Author Gilleard, C. J., author
ISBN 1447319079 (electronic bk.)
9781447319078 (electronic bk.)