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Welcome to John Vincent's website. This site contains information of use to students, academics and researchers interested in my research topics. John Vincent is now retired but remains an Honory Research Fellow.


Dr John A Vincent

Department of Sociology and Philosophy,

Amory Building,

University of Exeter,

Exeter EX4 4RJ

Devon. UK.

Email: JVincent@exeter.ac.uk


Current Research

I am currently working on ‘anti-ageing medicine', death and immortality and the insights they provide for the cultural construction of old age . These studies identify a crisis in understanding ‘old age' which stems from significant advances in the control and manipulation of biological ageing. Claims to the technical ability to control the human ageing process are far from new but challenging issues about the meaning of old age arise with the prospect of significantly enhanced longevity claimed by contemporary bio-gerontology. I have written journal articles, chapters and given seminars on the significance of the biologisation of old age many of which can be accessed from this page.

I have also written on the political economy of old age, including work on the myths of population crises which are also accessible from this page or elsewhere.



(i) Books.

  1. Vincent, John A, Chris Phillipson and Murna Downs (Eds.) (2006) The Futures of Old Age. London: Sage.
  2. Vincent, John A. (2003) Old Age. Routledge: London. (Key Ideas Series) pp.184.
  3. Vincent, J. A., G. Patterson and K. Wale (2001) Politics and Old Age: Older Citizens and Political Processes in Britain. Ashgate Publishers: Basingstoke. pp.168.
  1. Vincent, John A. (1999) Politics, Power and Old Age. Open University Press: Buckingham. pp.164.
  2. Vincent, John A. (1995) Inequality and Old Age. University College Press: London. pp.218.

6.       Phillips, D.R. and Vincent J. and Blacksell, S. (1988) Home from Home: Private Residential Care in Devon. Monographs in Social Policy, University of Sheffield and Community Care: Sheffield. pp.129.

(ii) Articles in refereed journals

7.       John Albert Vincent (2009) Ageing, Anti-ageing, and Anti-anti-ageing: Who are the Progressives in the Debate on the Future of Human Biological Ageing? Medicine Studies, Issue, Volume 1, Number 3 / August, 2009 Pages, 197-208, DOI,0.1007/s12376-009-0016-6

  1. Title: The cultural construction old age as a biological phenomenon: Science and anti-ageing technologies
    Author(s): Vincent, JA
    JOURNAL OF AGING STUDIES   Volume: 22   Issue: 4   Pages: 331-339   Published: 2008

  2. Title: The anti-ageing enterprise: Science, knowledge, expertise, rhetoric and values
    Author(s): Vincent, JA; Tulle, E; Bond, J
    JOURNAL OF AGING STUDIES   Volume: 22   Issue: 4   Pages: 291-294   Published: 2008


  1. Title: Science and imagery in the 'war on old age'
    Author(s): Vincent, JA
    Source: AGEING & SOCIETY   Volume: 27   Pages: 941-961   Published: 2007


  1. Vincent, John A. (2006) “Ageing Contested: Anti-ageing Science and the Cultural Construction of Old Age.” Sociology 40,4:681 - 698.
  2. Vincent, John A. (2005) “Understanding generations: political economy and culture in an ageing society” British Journal of Sociology 56(4): 579-599.
  3. Vincent, John A. (2003) “Old age, sickness, death and immortality: A cultural gerontological critique of bio-medical models of old age and their fantasies of immortality.” Gerontolgia 4:177-183. [in Finnish] *
  4. Vincent, John A. (2003) “Review Article: What is at stake in the ‘war on anti-aging medicine’?” Ageing and Society 23(5):675-84*
  5. Vincent, John A. (1999) 'Consumers, Identity and Old Age', Education and Ageing, 14, (2): 141-158. *
  6. Vincent, John A. and Davie, G., (1998) 'Religion and Old Age', Ageing and Society, 18: 101-111. *
  7. Vincent, John A. (1996) ‘Whose afraid of an ageing population?’ Critical Social Policy. 47:3-26. *
  8. Vincent, J and Zeljka Mudrovcic (1991) "Ageing populations in the North and South of Europe: Devon and Bosnia." in International Journal of Comparative Sociology. Vol.32(3-4) pp.261-288.*
  9. Phillips,D.R. and Vincent, J. (1988) "Privatising residential care for elderly people: the geography of developments in Devon, England." Social Science and Medicine. Vol.26(1) pp.37-47.*
  10. Vincent, John A. (1988) "Buses, monopoly, and the state: the development of bus passenger transport systems." Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics Vol.2.(4) pp.321-334.*
  11. Vincent, J. and Tibbenham A.R., and Phillips, D.R. (1987) "Choice in Residential Care: Myths and Realities" Journal of Social Policy Vol.16(4) pp.435-460*
  12. Phillips,D.R. and Vincent, J. and Blacksell,S. (1987) "The development of private residential accommodation for the elderly: the case of Devon, England" Espace, Populations, Societes, Vol.1, pp.235-248.*
  13. Phillips,D.R. and Vincent, J. and Blacksell,S. (1987) "Spatial concentration of residential home for the elderly planning responses and dilemmas." Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. N.S. Vol.12,pp.73-83.*
  14. Phillips,D.R. and Vincent, J. (1986) "Petit bourgeois care: private residential care for the elderly." Politics and Policy. Vol.14(2) pp. 189-208.*
  15. Phillips,D.R. and Vincent, J. (1986) "Private residential accommodation for the elderly: geographical aspects of developments in Devon." Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers  N.S. Vol.11 pp.155-173.*
  16. Vincent, J. (1982) "Differentiation and resistance: ethnicity in Valle d'Aosta and Kashmir." Ethnic and Racial Studies. Vol.5(3) pp.313-325 *
  17. Vincent, J. (1980) "The Political Economy of Alpine Development: Tourism or Agriculture in St.Maurice." Sociologica Ruralis Vol.20(4) pp.250-271 *
  18. Vincent, J. (1979) "The sexual division of labour, population, and the origins of agriculture." Current Anthropology 20:422-25.*

(iii) Chapters.

  1. Vincent, John A. (2007) “Generation and Class: Understanding Diversity in the Context of an Ageing Global Society” in A.K.Sahoo (ed.) Sociology of Ageing: A Reader New Delhi: Rawat Publications,
  2. Phillipson, C and Vincent, John A. (2006) “Global Aging” in James Birren (ed) Encyclopedia of Gerontology.2nd Edition. Oxford: Elsevier.
  3. Vincent, John A. (2006) “Anti-ageing Science and the Future of Old AgeChap 19 in Vincent, John A, Chris Phillipson and Murna Downs (Eds.) The Futures of Old Age. London: Sage
  4. Vincent, John A. (2006) “Globalisation and Critical Theory: Political Economy of World Population Issues.” in Jan Baars, Dale Danefer, Chris Phillipson and Alan Walker (eds.), Ageing, Globalisation and Inequality: The New Critical Gerontology. AltaVista: Boston. Pp. 245-272.
  5. Vincent, John A. (2006) [(2000)] “Age and Old Age” in Geof Payne (ed.) Social Divisions. Macmillan: Basingstoke. pp.133-151. 1st Edition 2000, 2nd revised edition 2006.
  6. Vincent, John A. (2002) "Older people and sustainable development", in ‘Socioeconomic Development’, edited by: Salustiano del Campo, in Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems. (EOLSS), Developed under the Auspices of the UNESCO, Eolss Publishers, Oxford, UK, [http://www.eolss.net] . [9,690 words]
  7. Vincent, John A. (1999) “Symbols of Nationalism in Bosnia and Hercegovina.” in K.Cameron (ed.) National Identity. pp.46-63, Exeter: Intellect.
  8. Vincent, John A. and Zeljka Mudrovcic (1993) "Perceptions of elderly people and old age in Bosnia and Hercegovina". in S.Arber and M.Evandrou Ageing, Independence and the Life Course, pp.91-103. London: Jessica Kingsley.
  9. Vincent, John A. (1987) "Work and Play in an Alpine Community." in Bouquet,M and M.Winter (Eds.) Who from their Labours Rest? pp.105-119. Aldershot: Avebury.
  10. Vincent, John A. (1983) "Social Work as Ideology Experienced." in W.Jordan and N.Parton (Eds.) The Political Dimensions of Social Work. pp.35-46. Oxford: Blackwell.
  11. Vincent, John A. (1973) "St.Maurice." F.G.Bailey (ed.) Debate and Compromise: The Politics of Innovation. pp.200-19. Oxford: Blackwell.

Other academic journal papers

  1. Vicki Glaser. Interview with John Vincent, Ph.D. Rejuvenation Research. February 2009, 12(1): 59-64. doi:10.1089/rej.2009.0837.
  2. Vincent, John A. (2001) 'The life course and old age', Sociology Review, 11 (2): 2-5.
  3. Vincent, J., Guy Patterson, and Karen Wale (2000) "Older People and Politics". Generations Review Vol.10(4): 13-14.
  4. Vincent, J., Guy Patterson, and Karen Wale (2000) "Understanding the Grey Vote". Generations Review Vol.11(1): 9-11.
  5. Vincent, J., Guy Patterson, and Karen Wale (2000) “Compassionate ageism / Scapegoat ageism. Public attitudes to older people and the political process.”  Proceedings of the British Society of Gerontology Annual Conference, Keble College Oxford, September 8th-10th 2000. pp. 252-5.
  6. Vincent, J. and Phillips, D.R. (1992) 'Careers through care; formal and informal patterns of care in Devon, U.K.'. Acta Demographica 9(5) pp.718-739.
  7. Vincent, J. and Mudrovcic, Z. (1991) "Plan istrazivanja : Komparacija stila zivota starih ljudi u Bosni i Hercegovini i Devonu 1991" u Gerontoloski Zbornik, Gerontolosko drustvo Srbije, Beograd.
  8. Vincent, John A. (1991) "The Contribution of Anthropology to the Social Sciences".(prevod u) Filozofska pitanja, Zagreb.
  9. Phillips, D.R. and Vincent, J. (July 1988) "The Enterprise of Care." Community Care.

(V) Reviews


  1. Title: The Political Participation of Older People in Europe: The Greying of Our Democracies
    Author(s): Vincent, JA
    Source: SOCIOLOGICKY CASOPIS-CZECH SOCIOLOGICAL REVIEW   Volume: 45   Issue: 6   Pages: 1312-1315   Published: 2009


  1. Title: New politics of old age policy
    Author(s): Vincent, JA
    Source: AGEING & SOCIETY   Volume: 26   Pages: 519-521   Part: 3   Published: MAY 2006


  1. Faircloth (ed) Qualitative Research
  2. ‘Social Theory, Social Policy and Ageing: A Critical Introduction’ by Chris Phillipson, Carroll Estes and Simon Biggs Ageing and Society 25(4): 628-630. 2005
  3. ‘Approaching Retirement: Social Divisions, Welfare and Exclusion’, by Kirk Mann, Bristol: Policy Press, 2001,  (Rev.) in Ageing and Society, July 2002, Vol. 22 No.4, pp. 532-534.
  4. ‘Attitudes and aspirations of older people: a review of the literature’ by Boaz A, Hayden C, Bernard M,  (Rev.) Ageing and Society, May 2001, Vol.21, No.3, pp.361-364.
  5. ‘Attitudes and aspirations of older people: a qualitative study’ by Hayden C, Boaz A, Taylor F,  (Rev.) Ageing and Society, May 2001, Vol.21, No.3, pp.361-364.
  6. ‘Aging and Everyday Life’ by (eds) Jaber F. Grubium and James A. Holstein Blackwell Publishers, (Rev.) in THES 2nd March 2001.
  7. ‘The imaginary time bomb: why an ageing population is not a social problem’ by Mullan P, (Rev.) Ageing and Society, Nov 2000, Vol.20, No.6, pp.797-798.
  8. ‘Social and economic aspects of ageing societies: an important social development issue’ by Stropnik, Nada (ed).Ageing and Society 1998 18(6):726-727.
  9. ‘Studying Aging and Social Change: Conceptual and Methodological Issues’ by Melissa A. Hardy (Ed.),1997 (Rev.) in Education and Ageing.
  10. ‘Ageing Europe’ by Walker A, Maltby T, (Rev.) Sociology [U.K.], Aug 1997, Vol.31, No.3, p.635.
  11. ‘Why regulate? Regulating residential care for elderly people’ by Day P, Klein R, Redmayne S (Rev.) Ageing and Society, Jan 1997, Vol.17, No.1, p.113.
  12. ‘Workers versus pensioners - intergenerational justice in an ageing world’  by Johnson P (Ed.), Conrad C (Ed.), Thomson D (Ed.), Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics, 1990, Vol.3, No.3, p.246.