Ageing and China: Towards theory, policy and practice

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/344456
Title:
Ageing and China: Towards theory, policy and practice
Authors:
Powell, Jason
Abstract:
In the 21st Century, economists and social analysts around the globe are increasingly concerned about the rising numbers of older people in their society. There are genuine concerns about the inadequacy of pension funds, of growing pressures on welfare systems, and on the inability of shrinking numbers of younger people to carry the burden of their elders. This article focuses on such gerontological issues in China, where the older people have become a rapidly expanding proportion of the population. While resources do need to be targeted on the vulnerable older people, the presumption that older people as a whole are an economic and social burden must be questioned. This is an ageist view that needs to be combated by locating how bio-medical views on aging seep into policy spaces in China that position negative perceptions of aging as both individual and populational problems. The article then moves to observe the implications of bio-medicine for older people in China in terms of "vulnerable" aging but deconstruct such "fixed" explanations by juxtaposing active aging as key narrative that epitomizes "declining to decline" as espoused by bio-medical sciences.
Affiliation:
University of Chester
Citation:
Powell, J. (2015). Ageing and China: Towards theory, policy and practice. International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences, 7(1), 41-51
Journal:
International Journal of Social and Humanistic Sciences
Publication Date:
2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/344456
Additional Links:
http://www.ilshs.pl; http://www.ilshs.pl/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/ILSHS-71-2015-41-51.pdf
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
2300-2697
Appears in Collections:
Social and Political Science

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dc.contributor.authorPowell, Jasonen
dc.date.accessioned2015-02-13T18:10:27Zen
dc.date.available2015-02-13T18:10:27Zen
dc.date.issued2015en
dc.identifier.citationPowell, J. (2015). Ageing and China: Towards theory, policy and practice. International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences, 7(1), 41-51en
dc.identifier.issn2300-2697en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/344456en
dc.description.abstractIn the 21st Century, economists and social analysts around the globe are increasingly concerned about the rising numbers of older people in their society. There are genuine concerns about the inadequacy of pension funds, of growing pressures on welfare systems, and on the inability of shrinking numbers of younger people to carry the burden of their elders. This article focuses on such gerontological issues in China, where the older people have become a rapidly expanding proportion of the population. While resources do need to be targeted on the vulnerable older people, the presumption that older people as a whole are an economic and social burden must be questioned. This is an ageist view that needs to be combated by locating how bio-medical views on aging seep into policy spaces in China that position negative perceptions of aging as both individual and populational problems. The article then moves to observe the implications of bio-medicine for older people in China in terms of "vulnerable" aging but deconstruct such "fixed" explanations by juxtaposing active aging as key narrative that epitomizes "declining to decline" as espoused by bio-medical sciences.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.ilshs.plen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.ilshs.pl/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/ILSHS-71-2015-41-51.pdfen
dc.subjectagingen
dc.subjectChinaen
dc.subjectpolicyen
dc.subjectdeclining to decline through active ageingen
dc.titleAgeing and China: Towards theory, policy and practiceen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chesteren
dc.identifier.journalInternational Journal of Social and Humanistic Sciencesen
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