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The politics of old age: Older people's interest organisations and collective action in Ireland

Doyle Martha


The politics of old age in the twenty-first century is contentious, encompassing ideological debates about how old age is conceptualised and the rights and welfare entitlements of individuals in later life. Synthesising key theoretical writings in political science, social/critical gerontology and cultural sociology, the book provides an insight into the complexity of older people’s identity politics, its relationship with age-based social policy and how the power of older people’s interest organisations, their legitimacy and existence remain highly contingent on government policy design, poli ... More

Keywords: old age policy, social policy, older people’s interest organisations, identity politics, collective identities, age-based policy, advocacy, constructions of ageing, pensioners organisations, grey power

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780719090479
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719090479.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Doyle Martha, author
Trinity College, Dublin