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Aging in Twentieth-Century Britain

by Charlotte Greenhalgh University of California Press
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As the baby-boom generation reaches retirement and old age, bringing unprecedented challenges, this important study of aging could not be more timely. Historian Charlotte Greenhalgh uncovers ignored testimony to urge us to hear the voices of elderly people in Britain throughout the twentieth century. Using meticulous archival research, she probes the work of Peter Townsend, one of Britain’s most celebrated social scientists. As this groundbreaking book shows, our keen interest in the needs and potential of older people has a long history. A comprehensive and sensitive study of the emotional, social, familial, and institutional lives of the elderly, Aging in Twentieth-Century Britain charts the determined efforts of aging Britons to shape public understandings of old age in the modern era. Greenhalgh demonstrates not just that old lives matter historically but that older people have helped to drive developments in social welfare, social science, and popular culture in Britain.
“Charlotte Greenhalgh’s Aging in Twentieth-Century Britain makes a signal contribution to modern British history by recovering the lives, voices, and agency of the elderly in the twentieth century. It is an acute and moving account of people who have been, until now, largely left out of the historical narrative.”—Stephen Brooke, author of Sexual Politics: Sexuality, Family Planning, and the British Left from the 1880s to the Present Day


“Aging in Twentieth-Century Britain is an outstanding history of the emotional, social, institutional, family, embodied, and narrated lives of older people across twentieth-century Britain. It demonstrates not just that older lives matter historically but also that old age is itself historically contingent and has been actively constituted in tandem with particular welfare and medical discourses. This is an important and innovative book based on meticulous scholarship and a sensitive reading of sources.”—Claire Langhamer, author of The English in Love: The Intimate Story of an Emotional Revolution


“This important and highly original book takes the history of both old age and social research in new directions. Imaginative and innovative throughout, it is particularly noteworthy for offering a careful reanalysis of the social research testimony collected directly from old people in the past. Refreshingly, the result is that old people’s lives are understood on their own terms, rather than through the prism of social policy debates or the claims of social science experts.”—Jon Lawrence, Associate Professor in History, University of Exeter
Charlotte Greenhalgh is Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow and teaches history at Monash University in Melbourne.