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Ageing between gerontology and biomedicine.

Moreira, T. and Palladino, P. (2009) 'Ageing between gerontology and biomedicine.', Biosocieties., 4 (4). pp. 349-365.

Abstract

Over the past two decades, public interest in the basic biological processes underlying the phenomenon of ageing has grown considerably. New developments in biotechnology and health maintenance programmes appear to be forging new relationships between biology, medicine and the lives of older people. A number of social scientists describe the process as the ‘biomedicalization of aging’. In this article, we argue that contemporary biogerontology, an important sub-field of gerontology that could be construed as the primary actor in the process of ‘biomedicalization’, should be regarded instead as advancing a critique of biomedicine. We then provide a genealogy of the critique and close the argument by pointing to sources of uncertainty within biogerontology, which should be taken into account in any further studies of the relationship between biology, medicine and the lives of older people.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Ageing, Biology, Biomedicine, Evolution, Governance, Medicine, Public Health.
Full text:PDF - Accepted Version (311Kb)
Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1745855209990305
Publisher statement:This paper has been published in a revised form subsequent to editorial input by Cambridge University Press in ‘Biosocieties: Moreira, T. and Palladino, P. (2009) 'Ageing between gerontology and biomedicine.', Biosocieties., 4 (4). pp. 349-365, http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=BIO. © 2009 Cambridge University Press.
Record Created:18 Dec 2009 14:05
Last Modified:06 Dec 2011 16:22

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