A Critical Approach to Age Relations
Routledge – 2011 – 186 pages
The question of communication and understanding between different generations is emerging as a key issue for the twenty-first century. The advent of ageing populations may lead to increased conflict or solidarity in society, and provokes a profound ambivalence both in public and in the private sphere. In a new approach, Biggs and Lowenstein offer a critical examination of Generational Intelligence as one way of addressing these issues. How easy is it to put yourself in the shoes of someone of a different age group? What are the personal, interpersonal and social factors that affect our perceptions of the ‘age other’? What are the key issues facing families, workplaces and communities in an ageing society? This book sets out a way of thinking about interpersonal relations based on age, and the question of communication between people of different ages and generations. The book challenges existing orthodoxies for relations between adults of different ages and draws out steps that can be taken to increase understanding between generational groups. The authors outline a series of steps that can be taken to enhance Generational Intelligence, examine existing theories and social issues, and suggest new directions for sustainable relations between generational groups.
1.What is Generational Intelligence? 2. Self and the Generational Imagination 3. Developing Generational Awareness 4. Self and Other 5. Generational Strategies and Negotiation 6. Generations and Family 7. Generational Intelligence and Caregiving: The Family and the State 8. Generational Intelligence and Elder Mistreatment 9. Workplace and Intergenerational Relations 10. Intergenerational Relations in the Community 11. Conclusion: Toward Sustainable Intergenerational Relationships
Simon Biggs is Professor of Gerontology and Social Policy at the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne, Australia, and Visiting Professor at the Institute of Gerontology, King's College London, UK.
Ariela Lowenstein is Professor and Head of the Center for Research and Study of Ageing at the Faculty of Welfare and Health Studies, University of Haifa, Israel.