The Overselling of Population Aging: Apocalyptic Demography, Intergenerational Challenges, and…

Paperback | February 15, 2000

EditorEllen Gee, Gloria Gutman

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The book presents critical perspectives on population ageing. In particular, the contributions take issue with the demographic determinism (apocalyptic demography) that has taken hold in Canada whereby population ageing, specifically the ageing population bulge known as the baby boomers, isviewed as a severe social problem in the making. The book focuses on the social policy consequences--in pension policy, health policy, family and caregiver policy--that are occurring as a result of apocalyptic demographic thinking. One of the main themes is the way in which population ageing isbeing used as a rationale for dismantling the Canadian welfare state, particularly by neo-conservative political parties. Another important theme in the book is a view of intergenerational relationships that focuses on the reciprocal linkages between the elderly and their children, providing acritique of the 'elderly as burden' image pervasive in the public mind and policy directions.

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The book presents critical perspectives on population ageing. In particular, the contributions take issue with the demographic determinism (apocalyptic demography) that has taken hold in Canada whereby population ageing, specifically the ageing population bulge known as the baby boomers, isviewed as a severe social problem in the makin...

Gloria Gutman has a B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia and an M.A. from the University of Alberta. She is well known in the field of gerontology as an educator, author, and consultant. Dr. Gutman developed and directs the Gerontology Research Centre at Simon Fraser University. She is the author/editor of eighteen b...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:168 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.25 inPublished:February 15, 2000

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ISBN - 10:0195414659

ISBN - 13:9780195414653

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ContributorsForewordLillian Zimmerman, Simon Fraser University: IntroductionEllen M. Gee and Gloria M. Gutman: 1. Ellen M. Gee: Population and Politics: Voodoo Demography, Population Aging, and Social Policy2. Yves Carriere, Simon Fraser University: Population Aging and Hospital Days: Will There Be a Problem?3. Carolyn J. Rosenthal, McMaster University: Aging Families: Have Current Changes and Challenges Been 'Oversold'?4. Anne Martin-Matthews, University of British Columbia: Intergenerational Caregiving: How Apocalyptic and Dominant Demographies Frame the Questions and Shape the Answers5. Barbara A. Mitchell, Simon Fraser University: The Refilled 'Nest': Debunking the Myth of Families in Crisis6. Michael J. Prince, University of Victoria: Apocalyptic, Opportunistic, and Realistic Demographic Discourse: Retirement Income and Social Policy or Chicken Littles, Nest-Eggies, and Humpty Dumpties7. Lynn McDonald, University of Toronto: Alarmist Economics and Women's Pensions: A Case of 'Semanticide'8. Susan A. McDaniel, University of Alberta: 'What Did You Ever Do For Me?': Intergenerational Linkages in a Restructuring CanadaIndex