The University of the Third Age and Active Ageing: European & Asian-Pacific Perspectives
Book co-edited by Prof. Marvin Formosa, Head of Department of Gerontology and Dementia Studies, just published by Springer
This comparative resource charts the interface between the University of the Third Age (U3A) movement and active ageing, and in doing so, offers a comprehensive and thorough understanding of what U3A means in different geographical and sociocultural contexts. After first providing introductory chapters to introduce the U3A movement and active ageing in global perspective and tracing the origins of U3As in France, the book sets off charting the international development of U3As in both European and Asian-Pacific contexts. Deliberately, the book moves away from the dominant Anglo-centric US- and UK-rooted analyses of U3As to account for contexts of different political ideology, sociocultural values, geography, and degrees of urbanisation and industrialisation. Lastly, it thematises foreseeable issues, concerns, and predicaments that the global U3A movement faces while meeting the challenges and seizing the opportunities presented by active ageing.
Prof. Marvin Formosa is Associate Professor of Gerontology, Department of Gerontology and Dementia Studies, Faculty for Social Wellbeing, University of Malta