Aging, Society, and the Life Course, Fourth Edition

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Springer Publishing Company, Mar 15, 2011 - Social Science - 376 pages
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Doody's Score: 91, 4 Stars

"[This] book's unfading preoccupation with social context, social processes, and social structures distinguishes itself and greatly contributes to the discourse in gerontology."--The Gerontologist

This is a comprehensive textbook for both undergraduate and graduate level courses, detailing the impact of societal forces on the aging process. The book focuses on the diversity of the older population, examining it from micro/macro perspectives in order to understand aging and the life course as social phenomena.

This latest edition examines significant changes in the field of social gerontology, such as the paradigms of aging and the life course, the baby boomer cohorts as they approach retirement and later life, the growing interest in global aging, and civic engagement. This text encourages students to examine aging from personal, familial, community, societal and global perspectives, including both the positive and negative realities of aging.

Key Features:

  • Provides websites of interest at the end of each chapter
  • Presents provocative essays on love, sex, music, medicine, and crime to further expand on chapter contents
  • Provides review questions and key terms as study guides at the end of each chapter
 

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Contents

Aging and Society
1
Studying Aging
21
An Aging World Demographic Perspectives
51
The Aging Individual in Social Context
77
Aging and the Family Personal and Institutional Contexts
97
Work and Retirement in the Life Course
125
Chapter 7 Economics and the Aging of Society
157
Aging and Health Individuals Institutions and Policies
185
Politics Government and Aging in America
219
Global Aging
247
Baby Boomers and the Changing Landscape of Aging
271
The Dynamics of Aging in Our Future
293
References
313
Index
345
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