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Aging in Post-industrial Societies: Intergenerational Conflict and Solidarity

  • Alex Dumas
  • Bryan S. Turner
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Alain Touraine and Manuel Castell have contributed extensively to the understanding of profound societal changes occurring in post-industrial societies. It comes as no surprise that both signed the preface of Anne-Marie Guillemard’s (2000) important piece Aging and the Welfare-State Crisis,originally published in France in the 1980s. This sociohistorical study of policies for old age highlighted many of the challenges that faced the welfare state in the postwar France. Although Guillemard’s work deals primarily with the welfare of the elderly globally, it points to the need for political sensitivity in promoting changes to the welfare state and new forms of intergenerational solidarity that will cater to the needs of all generations despite emergent social and demographic transformations that threaten all forms of collective social welfare.

Keywords

Welfare State Generational Equity Social Solidarity Demographic Shift Rapid Social Change 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Health SciencesUniversity of OttawaOntarioCanada
  2. 2.Asia Research InstituteDepartment of Sociology, Wellesley CollegeWellesleyUSA

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