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America's aged: a radical perspective on a surplus population

California Sociologist

Author: Gottschalk, S.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 1987


Data on the aging of the U.S. population are briefly presented, & the debate on this problem is reviewed. Current directions of social gerontological research & policy issues relevant to social work are critically examined. It is argued that issues & problems need to be reconceptualized. Purely economic, bottom-line approaches lead to considering humans as commodities; & traditional conceptions of aging lead to viewing the elderly as surplus population. Society urgently needs new forms of social relations that will promote noneconomic goods.

Further Details

Pages: 43-52
Volume: 10
Issue: 2
Accession Number: 4.4.03
Keywords: North America, older, policy compliance
Reads: 188