The End Game (Hardback)
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The End Game (Hardback)

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Hardback 244 Pages / Published: 02/06/2015
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Senior citizens face a gauntlet of physical, psychological, and social hurdles. But do disadvantages accumulated over a lifetime make the final years especially difficult for some people? Or does the quality of life among poor and affluent seniors converge? Corey Abramson investigates whether lifelong inequality structures the lives of the elderly.

Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674743953
Number of pages: 244
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 241 x 160 x 25 mm


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American seniors face starkly different challenges depending on economic circumstances. The End Game provides a deeper understanding of how inequalities affect the entire passage of our lives.--Robert Reich, University of California, Berkeley, and former U.S. Secretary of Labor
Abramson takes readers on a journey through geriatric inequality to show how on the west coast of the U.S. the supposed golden years of post-employment for many individuals is an illusion, and in reality retirement is a corrosive quotidian struggle on body and soul. However, the saddening tone of this ethnographic work serves many purposes by shedding light on: the effects of social networks; rationalizations behind decision-making; greater understanding of general social stratification; and the symbolic as well as practical challenges of growing old in the U.S.... Avoiding reductionist frameworks and showing the hugely varying lifestyles of Californian seniors, The End Game poses a profound question: how can provision of services for the elderly cater for individual circumstances and not merely treat the aged as one grey block? Abramson eloquently and comprehensively expounds this complex question.--Michael Warren"LSE Review of Books" (08/14/2015)
Ethnographies of old age are few and far between, especially those that explore community-dwelling elders, despite the fact that they amount to 95% of the elderly population. Corey M. Abramson's book, The End Game: How Inequality Shapes Our Final Years, with its insightful exploration of later life and the inequalities that shape it, is an especially welcome addition to the literature... Abramson's book offers something of value to all readers, and its critical message concerning age inequalities is one they should take to heart.--Toni Calasanti"American Journal of Sociology" (09/01/2016)
Drawing on concepts from social stratification and cultural sociology, Corey M. Abramson demonstrates how key mechanisms of social stratification like health disparities, structural inequalities, culture, and social networks affect later-life experiences. Although the focus of the book is persons ages 65 and older, its messages inform our understanding of inequality more generally...The End Game is an exemplar of theoretically informed, methodologically rigorous qualitative work. The book may well join both long-time classics like Barbara Myerhoff's Number Our Days and contemporary classics like Eric Klinenberg's Heat Wave in introducing to a wide audience the indignities, inequities, and occasional joys of aging.--Deborah Carr"Contemporary Sociology" (10/18/2016)
Abramson brings a qualitative eye to a topic we have mainly known through statistics--mortality rates, actuarial estimates, and life expectancies. With a refreshing perspective, The End Game brings us close to what people experience as they age, making clear not only that 'aches and pains' are shared across the board but also that access to resources matters enormously for how people manage those difficulties. The book dispels stereotypes over and over; his elderly respondents work to maintain their image, laugh at their failing memories, and smoke marijuana. The book is a terrific contribution to our knowledge of how people actually experience inequality in their later years.--Mario Luis Small, Harvard University

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