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Jan Baars, Joseph Dohmen, Amanda Grenier, and Chris Phillipson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447300908

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447300908.001.0001

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Commentary: contingent ageing, naturalisation and some rays of intellectual hope

Commentary: contingent ageing, naturalisation and some rays of intellectual hope

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(p.180) (p.181) TEN Commentary: contingent ageing, naturalisation and some rays of intellectual hope
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Ageing, meaning and social structure
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Dale Dannefer

Jielu Lin

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447300908.003.0010

This chapter presents a commentary on the foregoing chapters, beginning by underscoring the usefulness of the distinction made by Baars and Phillipson between contingent aging and existential ageing. This important distinction resurfaces in a number of complex ways throughout the chapters of this volume, and it is employed as the first organizing theme for the commentary. The second organizing theme concerns the tension between theory and practice which also arises in fresh ways in several of the chapters. These two sets of tensions are used as the primary frameworks within which to organize concluding comments on the informative and provocative chapters of the volume.

Keywords:   Contingent aging, Existential aging, Theory - Practice, Social constitution, Naturalization

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