Social Welfare, Aging, and Globalization in a Post-industrial Society


The purpose of this chapter is to provide an interpretation of some of the key social and economic changes affecting older people, relating these to the major developments affecting many organizations and relationships with which they are closely identified. Social welfare, or the welfare state, is one of the most important, but this institution must itself be related to the broader changes now influencing the lives of different groups of older people. Making sense of these developments, especially in the context of aging, raises complex issues, requiring linkages – as the approach taken by this book implies – between a range of concepts and ideas.


Welfare State Define Contribution Define Benefit Social Gerontology Pension Provision 


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  1. 1.Centre for Social GerontologyKeele UniversityKeeleUK

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