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Contesting Boomageddon? Journal of Sociology special issue, 2018

Sue Malta, National Ageing Research Institute and Swinburne University:  In June 2016 the Ageing and Sociology Thematic Group under the direction of Cassie Curryer put in a bid for the 2018 special issue of the Journal of Sociology, and we are thrilled to say our bid was successful. The title of the special issue – […]

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Towards a sociology of ‘anti-ageing’

Written by Alan Petersen, School of Social Sciences, Monash University: Over the last two decades, the term ‘anti-ageing’ has gained considerable currency. There is a huge and burgeoning number of interventions labelled as ‘anti-ageing’ (or the more common Americanised spelling ‘anti-aging’) advertised online. The term is also widely used ‘off line’, with specialist clinics labelled […]

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What is the ‘ideal’ self in old age?

Written by Maho Omori, Adjunct Research Fellow, Swinburne University of Technology and Research Assistant, La Trobe University (Shepparton campus): One evening, I was reading gossip news about Meg Ryan, a Hollywood actor. She is 54 years old and according to the article, at this age her appearance has not changed much since she was known […]

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Ageing, technology, and multidisciplinary research: intended and unintended consequences

Written by Barbara Barbosa Neves, University of Melbourne:  As a sociologist of technology, I have always been drawn to the Latourian idea of opening the black box of devices, of objects, of networks (Latour, 1999). Progressively, I felt the need to be engaged in the creation of the box in order to study closely the […]

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Ageing and estate transmission: legacy beyond the family?

Written by, Christopher Baker, Research Fellow – Centre for Social Impact, Swinburne University of Technology: One of the issues associated with an ageing society is that of the inheritance and the distribution of wealth. In Australia, a high proportion of private wealth is made up of property and older Australians are those most likely to own […]

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