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A critical perspective for policy and action

Journal of Gerontological Social Work

Author: Moody, H. R.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 1985


The view of old age & the elderly prevalent in the U.S., & expressed in gerontological theories, can be interpreted as ideological in character, though its ideological content is disguised. This ideology reflects a number of interests, of which the most obvious are those of the elderly as reflected in some 26 major interest groups. The prevalent liberal model of old age presents it as failure; this view benefits not only the elderly but also professionals & policy activists. An alternative neoconservative outlook proposes that the elderly as a group are not especially in need, given homeownership patterns & the availability of government benefits. The ideological struggle between these viewpoints is likely to be accompanied by a movement from overt to covert policy making, which, respectively, reflect an overt or a covert ideology. Gerontology needs to move beyond expressing the overt ideology toward critical self-awareness.

Further Details

Pages: 13-34
Volume: 8
Issue: 3-4
Accession Number: 23.5.03
Research Notes: Electronic copy added 17/07/2013
Keywords: North Americaolderpolicy complianceCritical Thinkingideology
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