Positive Aging and Precarity

Theory, Policy, and Social Reality within a Comparative German Context

  • Irina Catrinel Crăciun

Part of the International Perspectives on Aging book series (Int. Perspect. Aging, volume 21)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Irina Catrinel Crăciun
    Pages 1-13
  3. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Irina Catrinel Crăciun
      Pages 17-34
    3. Irina Catrinel Crăciun
      Pages 35-52
    4. Irina Catrinel Crăciun
      Pages 53-64
  4. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. Irina Catrinel Crăciun
      Pages 107-125
  5. Part III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Irina Catrinel Crăciun
      Pages 129-147
    3. Irina Catrinel Crăciun
      Pages 149-165
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 193-194

About this book


This book explores positive aging through the lens of precarity, aiming to ground positive aging theories in current social contexts. In recent years, research on aging has been branded by growing disagreements between supporters of the successful aging model and critical gerontologists who highlight the widening inequalities, disadvantages and precarity that characterize old age. This book comes to fill a gap in knowledge by offering an alternative view on positive aging, informed by precarity and its impact on projections concerning aging.

The first part of the book places aging in broader theoretical and empirical context, exploring the complex links between views on aging, successful aging theories, policy and social reality. The second part uses results from a qualitative research conducted in Germany to illustrate the dissonance between successful aging ideals and both negative and positive views on aging as well as aging preparation strategies inspired by precarity. Findings from this section provide a solid starting point for comparisons with countries that are both similar and different from Germany in terms of welfare regimes and aging policies. The final part of the book discusses the psychological implications of these findings within and beyond the German case study and outlines potential solutions for practice.

This book provides health psychologists, gerontologists, sociologists, social workers, health professionals as well as students and aging individuals themselves with better understanding of the meaning of aging in precarious times and builds confidence about aging well despite precarity.


Positive aging theory Successful aging theory Life course perspectives and process models versus outcomes The politics of positive aging Policy development and views on aging WHO, the EU, and changing views on aging Social realities of aging and the precariat The middle-aged precariat in Germany German case studies on aging Preparing socially, financially, and physically for old age Precarity and the accumulation of health inequalities Ageism in the workplace Positive aging in the context of precarity

Authors and affiliations

  • Irina Catrinel Crăciun
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyBabeş-Bolyai UniversityCluj-NapocaRomania

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