Ageing and international development: a critical review

Lloyd-Sherlock, Peter (2012) Ageing and international development: a critical review. In: Die alten der welt. Institute of World Social Studies, Bielefeld.

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This chapter argues that global policy frameworks addressing ageing and development suffer from a number of fundamental flaws. First, they are often premised upon simplistic understandings of development processes and misleading definitions of later life. Second, they are fixated on issues of pension policy and income security, ignoring many other issues of critical importance to older people in developing countries. This chapter begins by briefly reviewing notions of “international development”. This shows that developments can be interpreted in different ways and that these interpretations have important consequences for how we identify and perceive ageing and development issues. The chapter provides goes on to demonstrate how ageing and older people have remained a relatively marginal concern for global development agencies, and how this has been supplanted by a narrow focus on pension reform. This leads on to a discussion of the simplified and largely negative portrayal of older people in development thinking. The consequences of this limited approach are briefly illustrated with case studies from India and South Africa. The chapter concludes by making a number of suggestions about how to move towards a more nuanced and helpful understanding of ageing and development issues.

Item Type: Book Section
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Global Development (formerly School of International Development)
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Health and Disease
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Life Course, Migration and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Peter Lloyd-Sherlock
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2012 16:35
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2021 00:26

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