By Alan Walker, Christian Aspalter
East Asian societies are altering speedily, and some of the most vital features of this variation is inhabitants the growing older. of society. "Active getting old" is among the few innovations on hand at the present time to successfully tackle the issues bobbing up from a highly-aged and, quite in East Asia, fast-ageing society, delivering a brand new social coverage paradigm to redirect and innovate new social rules, quite social companies, social transfers, social laws and legislation, in the direction of extra funding in and aid of the quick emerging variety of olderelderly electorate.
This ebook specializes in the studies of East Asian societies the place energetic getting old has been applied. It provides a radical research of the idea that of energetic growing old and its strength and difficulties of implementations in numerous phases of improvement in East Asia, when supplying theoretical readability to, and broadening the idea that of, lively getting older. extra, the country-focused case reviews discover how you can layout, pursue, degree and review social rules, spotlight the issues concerning the implementation of the idea that of lively aging in social coverage and description the sensible implications of lively growing old idea forin coverage making.
Active growing older in Asia will attract scholars and students of social and public coverage, social paintings, gerontology and overall healthiness and social management, in addition to to coverage makers operating within the box.
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Normative theories • Evaluating and criticizing welfare state systems and social policies • Identifying particular failures and successes in social policy • Proposing new social policies, or new directions/key solutions in social policy Recent examples: Midgley (1995, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2003a, 2003b, 2008); Beverly and Sherraden (1997); Giddens (1998, 2001); Korpi and Palme (1998); Fitzpatrick (1999); Hantrais (2000); Beck et al. (2001); Morrow-Howell et al. (2001); Shapiro and Wolff (2001); Skocpol and Leone (2001); Esping-Andersen (2002); Lister (2002, 2003, 2004a, 2004b); Walker (2002, 2008, 2009, this volume); Body-Gendrot and Gittell (2003); Taylor-Gooby (2005b); Aspalter (2007a, 2007b, 2007c, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014); Walker et al.
The WHO (2001a, 2001b), for example, sees active ageing in terms of the health, independence and productivity of older people and defines it as, ‘the process of optimising opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age’ (WHO, 2002: 12). Active ageing in this conceptualisation concerns the optimisation of activities related to a wide range of endeavours: employment, politics, education, the arts, religion, social clubs and so on, as well as increasing the paid and unpaid contributions older people make to society, challenging views of older age which emphasise passivity and dependency by alternatively emphasising autonomy and participation.
However, the economy by itself cannot solve all the social problems of a society at any given time. Quite on the contrary, we can expect that economic change is intrinsically intertwined with social change which by itself causes new positive and negative phenomena, that is, also new social problems. The faster the speed of economic change (be it growth or structural changes of the economy), the faster we can expect that social conditions and individual behavior at large will change in tune. ) and if their drive to work, invest and to do business is not hampered by their exposure to common social risks or physical or mental ill-health.