Ageing in Southern Europe. Emerging Perspectives and Challenges for Sociology


The process of transitioning to an ageing population has occurred later, but nevertheless more intensely, in Southern Europe than in other regions. Consequently, these countries have been forced to politically, socially and economically adapt to this significant challenge. Sociologists play an important role in identifying and understanding social trends and issues, as well as in contributing to the design of public policies across Europe. However, research has tended to explore issues of ageing populations in Northern Europe, in spite of the notable demographic shifts and contextual specificities of Southern Europe. In response, this study has a dual objective: first, to collect the theoretical and methodological contributions of authors from or focusing on Southern Europe, and second to explore the originality of studies that belong to Southern European sociological traditions. In order to systematise the study, the theoretical paradigm of Marshall’s classification of social science theories in the field of ageing is used. Specifically, the present study incorporates the topics of active ageing, adult education and ageing at work as the main foci of analysis. The results of this theoretical study show that the sociology of Southern Europe can contribute significantly both to the issue of ageing and to public policies for its management, in the process providing a more holistic and human-centred approach.

Biografía del autor/a

Francesco Marcaletti, Universidad de Zaragoza

Francesco Marcaletti has been lecturer and researcher at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Italy), Karshoschschule International University (Germany), Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, and actually he is holding a position as lecturer and researcher in the area of Sociology at the Universidad de Zaragoza (Faculty of Social and Work Sciences; Research Group on Risk Society, founded by Aragón Government). Member of the editorial board of the journal Studi di Sociologia, his main area of investigation is Economic Sociology.

Tatiana Iñiguez-Berrozpe, Universidad de Zaragoza

Tatiana Iñiguez-Berrozpe is lecturer and researcher in the area of Sociology at the Universidad de Zaragoza since 2011 (Faculty of Education; Group of Research on Society of Risk, founded by Aragón Government). She is also Assistant Editor of the International Journal of Sociology of Education (RISE). Her main area of research is Sociology of Education (Adult Education, Lifelong Learning and preventive socialization through education) in which she has published serval papers in indexed journals.

Emma Garavaglia, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Emma Garavaglia is researcher in the area of Sociology at the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences of Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Milan, Italy). Previously, she was postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Sociology and Social Research of Bicocca University in Milan (Italy). She holds a Ph.D in Organisational and Managerial Studies and her main area of investigation is Sociology of Work and Organisational Sociology.


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Marcaletti, F., Iñiguez-Berrozpe, T., & Garavaglia, E. (2019). Ageing in Southern Europe. Emerging Perspectives and Challenges for Sociology. Revista Española De Sociología, 29(1).
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