Social Inclusion

Completed project

Evidence of widening inequalities in later life points to increased disparity in the likelihood of older people’s social inclusion. This is matched by increasing concern about the exclusion of older adults from key dimensions of social engagement. Across time and place differences exist in expectations of individual and societal responsibility and in social, geographic and economic contexts that may exacerbate exclusion.

Edited by Thomas Scharf (National University of Ireland) and Norah Keating (University of Alberta), the goal of the book From Exclusion to Inclusion in Old Age: A Global Challenge is to make visible patterns across contexts that either place groups of older adults at risk of social exclusion or that might be conducive to their inclusion.

Drawing on international experts from four continents, we present conceptual foundations and empirical evidence of the interplay between social institutions, policy processes, personal resources and the contexts within which aging individuals are located.

To be published by Policy Press as part of their ‘Ageing and the Lifecourse’ series, the book will provide a valuable teaching resource for students and academics on gerontology and related courses, as well as dealing with contemporary topics of interest to current policy such as globalization; age discrimination and human rights; intergenerational relationships; and migration.