Towards a medical anthropoligy of ageing / by Miguel Kottow.
- Newcastle upon Tyne, UK : Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018.
xii, 175 pages ; 22 cm
- Aging -- Sociological aspects.
Aging -- Sociological aspects.
- Medical subjects:
Aging -- ethics.
Anthropology, Medical -- methods.
Medicalization -- ethics.
- The proportion of people over 65 is substantially increasing and will continue to do so in the coming decades. Societies are concerned about the depletion of pension funds and austere fiscal plans that are unable to subsidize the basic care, protection and needs of their growing elderly populations. Gerontology is rapidly becoming a burgeoning research discipline that studies multiple aspects of human ageing, leading to top-down social policies that ineffectually address the significant needs of aged persons. Geriatric medicine has also expanded, attempting to medicalize the ageing process into a disease-free stage of "healthy ageing." Ageing itself, this book argues, however, is not a disease per se, and should not be medicalized. -- Back cover.
- Part I: Anthropology and medicine. Chapter One. Introductory considerations ; Chapter Two. Images and concepts of the human ; Chapter Three. Anthropology ; Chapter Four. Trancendental anthropological conditions ; Chapter Five. Medicine: practice and science ; Chapter Six. Medical anthropology
Part II: On Ageing. Chapter Seven. Phenomenology of ageing ; Chapter Eight. Anthropology of ageing ; Chapter Nine. Social approach to ageing ; Chapter Ten. Medicine and ageing ; Chapter Eleven. Biomedicine and anthropology of ageing ; Chapter Twelve. Conclusion.
- Includes bibliographical references.
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