The role of older people in social research

Peace, Sheila (2002). The role of older people in social research. In: Jamieson, Anne and Victor, Christina R. eds. Researching Ageing and Later Life: The practice of social gerontology. Buckingham, UK: Open University Press, pp. 226–244.



About the book: The changing demographic profiles of modern societies have led to a growing interest in understanding ageing and later life among those working within the social sciences and humanities. This edited volume addresses the methodological challenges entailed in studying the process of ageing and life course changes, as well as the experience of being old. The book focuses on the theory and practice of doing research, using a wide range of examples and case studies. The contributors, who are prominent researchers in the field, review the range of practices in the use of different methodologies and give in-depth examples, based on their own research experience. The book covers a variety of disciplines and methodologies, both quantitative and qualitative, and a diversity of sources, including fiction, photographs, as well as the traditional social science sources.

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