From Pensioner to Active Senior Citizen: the Cultural Model of Empowerment in Discourses on the Activeness of Seniors Cover Image

Od emeryta do aktywnego seniora: kulturowy model upodmiotowienia w dyskursach o aktywności seniorów
From Pensioner to Active Senior Citizen: the Cultural Model of Empowerment in Discourses on the Activeness of Seniors

Author(s): Iwona Młoźniak
Subject(s): Sociology
Published by: Instytut Stosowanych Nauk Społecznych Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Keywords: aging; active; liberalism; individualisation; socialisation

Summary/Abstract: Discourses regarding ‘active seniors’ may be treated as an example of the changes taking place in contemporary culture, which seem to reflect what social scientists have termed individualisation. This means that ‘active senior’ can be interpreted as a project whose subject and object is the individualised person. This assumption is tested through analysis of documents regarding the activeness of senior citizens compiled by international, national, and non-governmental organisations. The first section of the paper describes the model of society emerging from analyses conducted by sociologists tackling so-called ‘structural individualisation’, following which the author provides definitions regarding what active aging is according to international institutions, in documents prepared by the Polish government, and among players in the third sector.

  • Issue Year: 2018
  • Issue No: 25 (1b)
  • Page Range: 143-158
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Polish