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Author Abramson, Corey M., 1980-

Title The end game : how inequality shapes our final years / Corey M. Abramson.

Publication Info. Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2015.


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Description 244 pages ; 25 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-232) and index.
Contents "Old is a different animal altogether": the shared predicaments of the end game -- The uneven playing field: disparate contexts and resources in old age -- Game-day strategies: how prior experiences shape cultural strategies in the present -- Team dynamics: the meanings of social ties -- Conclusion: How inequality shapes our final years.
Summary "Senior citizens from all walks of life face a gauntlet of physical, psychological, and social hurdles. But do the disadvantages some people accumulate over the course of their lives make their final years especially difficult? Or does the quality of life among poor and affluent seniors converge at some point? 'The end game' "investigates whether persistent socioeconomic, racial, and gender divisions in America create inequalities that structure the lives of the elderly. Corey Abramson's portraits of seniors from diverse backgrounds offer an intimate look at aging as a stratified social process. They illustrate that disparities in wealth, access to health care, neighborhood conditions, and networks of friends and family shape how different people understand and adapt to the challenges of old age. Social Security and Medicare are helpful but insufficient to alleviate deep structural inequalities. Yet material disadvantages alone cannot explain why seniors respond to aging in different ways. Culture, in all its variations, plays a crucial role. Abramson argues that studying the experience of aging is central to understanding inequality, in part because this segment of the population is rapidly growing. But there is another reason. The shared challenges of the elderly declining mobility and health, loss of loved ones and friends affect people across the socioeconomic spectrum, allowing for powerful ethnographic comparisons that are difficult to make earlier in life. 'The end game' makes clear that, despite the shared experiences of old age, inequality remains a powerful arbiter of who wins and who loses in American society." -- Publisher's description
Subject Older people -- United States -- Social conditions.
Aging -- Social aspects -- United States.
Ageism -- United States.
Discrimination -- United States.
Ageism. (OCoLC)fst00800188
Aging -- Social aspects. (OCoLC)fst00800348
Discrimination. (OCoLC)fst00894985
Older people -- Social conditions. (OCoLC)fst01199129
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
ISBN 9780674743953

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