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Geronticide Killing the Elderly

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ISBN-10: 185302709X

ISBN-13: 9781853027093

Edition: 2001

Authors: Mike Brogden

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Drawing on a variety of historical, contemporary, anthropological and literary sources, this study considers the present day debates about the sanctity of elderly lives and the question of euthanasia.
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Book details

List price: $47.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Publication date: 2/15/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Living too Long?
The social context of ageing and geronticide
Is longer life possible?
Science and increasing the lifespan
Ageing and decline: Consequences of extending the lifespan
Outline of the book
Geronticide and the elderly: Definitions
Death by Demography and Longevity
The problem of longevity
Population ageing in Western society
Non-industrial societies and the demographic time-bomb
The dependency ratio and the social crisis
Gender and the demography of ageing
Social class and demography
Ethnicity and the ageing population
Demography and a finite food supply
The social costs of the increasing elderly dependent population
The cost of care
Death-hastening by rationing
Depression and self-killing amongst the elderly
Limitations to the demographic time bomb thesis
Responding to the critics
Continuity in geronticide
Death by Social Obligation: The Political Economy Thesis
Political economy: The elderly as non-producers
Insights from patriarchy and Marxist studies
Nostalgia over primitive society
The hunter-gatherer thesis
The young-old versus the old-old
Death-hastening in primitive society
Ritual demarcation allowing geronticide: Concluding liminal status
The liminal status passage
Infanticide and geronticide
Criticisms of political economy
Death by Attrition: Modernisation and the Workhouse
The modernisation process
Modernisation and social differentiation
Modernisation and convergence
Ageist ideology's contribution to death-hastening
The critique: Social history as uneven
Inequality and uneven exposure to death-hastening
Death by Degrees: Bureaucratisation in Care Institutions
Introduction: The bureaucratisation of death
Dying in 'care'
Making ready for death: The community-institution divide
Abuse in institutional settings
Making death 'ordinary'
Ethnography of elderly death-hastening
Direct death-hastening: 'Do not resuscitate'
Regulation and inspection
Elderly care as a business enterprise: 'Culling sheep or cattle'
Death in Literary Discourse
Killing the elderly in literature
Elderly defence against geronticide: Ashliman's collection
Past to future: Science fiction and geronticide
Death-hastening in the care and nursing home
Ageism and the liminal status of the elderly
Voluntary euthanasia
Death by Choice?: Physician-assisted Suicide and Voluntary Euthanasia
A brief history of suicide and euthanasia
The situation today
Voluntarism: Ageism, material and cultural pressures
From physician-assisted suicide to voluntary euthanasia
Aspects of the debate
Vagueness of professional controls
Pain relief? Or alleviation of psychosocial problems
The long-term care alternative
Patient autonomy versus medical autonomy
Dr Shipman, Social Rights, and Preventing Geronticide
Who kills the elderly?
Professionalism and the case of Dr Harold Shipman
Checking geronticide