The Third Age and the Disappearance of Old Age

  • Peter Laslett


I begin this essay by referring to the tendency in some countries, especially in France I believe, but probably also elsewhere, to avoid the title University of the Third Age for the institutions making up the association to which we all belong. They have adopted alternative titles, such as L'Université de Tous les Ages (in English, University of All Ages), and I believe there may be instances of French societies which began by calling themselves Universities of the Third Age, but which have changed to the title I have quoted, or to some other.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Laslett
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  1. 1.Aging UnitCambridge Group for the History of Population and Social StructureCambridgeUK

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