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RASP - Research on Ageing and Social Policy
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     ISSN (Print) 2014-6728
     Published by Hipatia Press Homepage  [13 journals]
  • Beyond Stereotypes: Talent, Resources and Social Activity among the
           Postmodern Elderly

    • Authors: Stefano Poli
      Abstract: Desirable proposals in terms of active ageing are constrained by the heterogeneous conditions of elderly people, often affected by inequalities and social frailty. Added to this, elderly people are frequently limited by homogenising representations, reproducing a sense of non-productivity and marginalisation according to an obsolete industrial model of the life cycle. However, it has to be highlighted that among elderly people it is often possible to observe the emersion of ‘social talent’, performed through activeness in different forms of civic engagement. This paper aims to highlight the determinants of social activity behind the deep versatilities of old age through the results of quanti-qualitative research conducted in Genoa, an Italian town with a high ageing index. By identifying the interactions of multiple indicators, regarding value systems, socioeconomic conditions and different lifestyles of elderly people, the importance of social activity and its determinant predictors among elderly people are highlighted: rethinking their role in contemporary society, enlarging their horizons of capabilities and opportunities and overcoming latent homogenising stereotypes through the promotion of an effective path of active citizenship.
      PubDate: 2014-07-28
      Issue No: Vol. 2 (2014)
       
  • Staying Put: Factors Associated with Ageing in One’s ‘Lifetime
           Home’. Insights from the European Context

    • Authors: Celia Fernández-Carro, Maria Evandrou
      Abstract: ‘Ageing in Place’ is a theoretical-practical concept used to promote those policies that facilitate older people stay at home as alternative to institutionalisation. While the political application of the term seems to presuppose universal benefits for those who age at home, critical gerontology has questioned alluding to the complexity of ageing process and the reductionist view that often underlies the institutional discourse around these policies. The aim of this article is to shed light on the premises assumed by the ‘Ageing in Place’ implementation, analysing the factors associated to a particular type of older Europeans; those with long-lasting residential trajectories. Using data from SHARE (wave 1, 2004), this work analyses the characteristics of those individuals aged 65 and over who for most of their life have presented a pattern of residential stability. The length of residential trajectory is assessed depending on socio-demographic characteristics, resources and support exchange networks and residential conditions. Special attention is paid to regional variations, comparing eleven countries of continental Europe. The main contribution of this article is to provide empirical findings that enhance the progression in an under-researched topic as residential immobility, discussing the assumptions that underlie to the implementation of ‘ageing in place’ policies in Europe, especially when it implies a disadvantaged living situation.
      PubDate: 2014-07-28
      Issue No: Vol. 2 (2014)
       
  • Social Class Structure and Identity in Later Life

    • Authors: Marvin Formosa
      PubDate: 2014-07-28
      Issue No: Vol. 2 (2014)
       
  • Poverty Intervention in Relation to the Older Population in a Time of
           Economic Crisis: The Portuguese Case

    • Authors: Inês Gomes, Maria Irene Carvalho, Isabella Paoletti
      Abstract: In times of economic crisis, the distribution and impact of its effects vary greatly among social groups, due to the different level of exposure and availability of resources. This article conducts a policy analysis of the most important public policies and programmes fighting elderly poverty in Portugal, in the last two decades. It critically analyses the actual social and political situation, from three main perspectives: poverty approach; gender mainstream and public-private partnerships. The latest restriction measures have been jeopardizing the fight against poverty conducted in the last 15 years. Although poverty among the elderly is presently considered a political priority, no comprehensive policies are being developed. The policy interventions are directed towards extreme situations of poverty and dependency. Preventive measures are excluded from policies planning. The state is increasingly delegating to the social sector the social care responsibilities. Gender mainstream is still a rhetoric concept.
      PubDate: 2014-07-28
      Issue No: Vol. 2 (2014)
       
  • Envejecimiento Mundial y Desafío Regional. Nuevos Paradigmas para la
           Investigación, la Salud Pública y los Derechos Humanos

    • Authors: Pedro Sánchez Vera
      PubDate: 2014-07-28
      Issue No: Vol. 2 (2014)
       
  • List of Reviewers 2013

    • Authors: Alfredo Alfageme
      PubDate: 2014-07-28
      Issue No: Vol. 2 (2014)
       
  • Vol. 2, No. 1 (2014). Full Issue

    • Authors: Alfredo Alfageme
      PubDate: 2014-07-28
      Issue No: Vol. 2 (2014)
       
 
 
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