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This is the introductory chapter of part 3 of the book and addresses the cultural effects of demographic change. It concerns the construction of age, ethical and legal challenges of population ageing, the reflection in language, literature and media use of ageing, knowledge transfer and technology in the ageing society, and life expectancy gains and what to do with them. Age is a cultural domain, because in all cultures chronological age is subject to cultural formation. Stereotypes about age and what separates the young from the old and the middle aged vary across cultures. The introductory chapter also presents an overview of other chapters of part 3 of the book are organised.

Keywords: ageing society; cultural domain; demographic change; population ageing

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