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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

Acknowledgements
Living too Long?
Introduction
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
Introduction
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'
Overview
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
Overview
Death by Choice?: Physician-assisted Suicide and Voluntary Euthanasia
Introduction
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
Overview
Dr Shipman, Social Rights, and Preventing Geronticide
Who kills the elderly?
Professionalism and the case of Dr Harold Shipman
Checking geronticide
References
Index