By Jan Baars
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He argues that: We have to respect and sustain areas in which communication and co-operation is not commercialised, where services do not have the character of commodities. Such protected sectors extend from the way vulnerable groups are dealt with … to social goals such as solidarity and equity and vulnerable communication structures – especially those which are based on confidence like the … worker–patient relationship. Indeed, these protected social spaces form the basis for a humane social model.
It is important to respect the chain of generations, and to devote oneself to the fate of future generation. (McAdams, 1993; Erikson, 1997; de Lange, 2010). Looking at myself from the end of my life, this question is of major importance: how involved and engaged was my life? ’ This is a famous dictum from Erik Erikson (1997). Life as a whole is, however, a precarious notion, since late modern life in a post-traditional order often leads to fragmented rather than well-integrated lives. Yet even a late modern lifestyle needs to be concerned with creating and maintaining a certain coherence in one’s own life.
A. (2007) Older Americans, vital communities:A bold vision for societal ageing, Baltimore, MD:The Johns Hopkins University Press. Baars, J. (2009) ‘The crisis of credit, ageing, and the life world’, Paper presented at the World Congress of Gerontology, Paris. Baars, J. (2010a) ‘Ageing as increasing vulnerability and complexity: towards a philosophy of the life course’, in J. Bouwer (ed) Successful ageing, spirituality, and meaning, Leuven: Peeters, pp 39-52. Baars, J. R. Cole, R. Ray and R. Kastenbaum (eds) A guide to humanistic studies in ageing, Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press, pp 105-20.
Ageing, meaning and social structure : connecting critical and humanistic gerontology by Jan Baars