The Cultural Context of Aging: Worldwide Perspectives

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Jay Sokolovsky
ABC-CLIO, 2009 - Psychology - 770 pages
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The new edition of Sokolovsky's unique text explores a wide variety of cultural issues worldwide that impact aging issues, from perception and valuation of the elderly to homelessness, caregiving, assisted suicide, psychological support, and responses to those with dementia. This third edition includes twenty-five new chapters as well as special student resources, data from the most recent studies, a guide to Internet sites, and a bibliography of related readings. Especially useful for students across majors from anthropology and psychology to social work, nursing, and medicine, the new edition fully updates and expands on the award-winning second edition, about which the journal Contemporary Gerontology wrote: "I marvel at the extent to which Sokolovsky has made The Cultural Context of Aging user friendly."
 

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Contents

A Global Vision of Aging Culture and Context Jay Sokolovsky
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The Life Course and Intergenerational Ties in Cultural and Global Context Jay Sokolovsky
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Aging Globalization and Societal Transformation Jay Sokolovsky
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The Ethnic Dimension in Aging Culture Context and Creativity Jay Sokolovsky
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Families Communities and Elderscapes Transforming Cultural Spaces for Aging Jay Sokolovsky
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The Quest for Gerontopia Culture and Health in Late Life Jay Sokolovsky
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Bibliography
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Index
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About the Editor and Contributors
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JAY SOKOLOVSKY is Professor and Director of Anthropology at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg. Sokolovsky specializes in cross-cultural, comparative gerontology and has written several books, as well as more than 30 articles and book chapters, dealing with this subject. In his research he has studied aging in a Mexican peasant village, New York's inner-city, Tampa, Florida, the new town of Columbia, Maryland, and in urban neighborhoods in Croatia and England. He has edited Growing Old in Different Societies and is coauthor of Old Men of the Bowery. Sokolovsky is cofounder and former President of the Association of Anthropology and Gerontology, former President of the Association of Anthropology and Gerontology, and Founder of the International Commission on Aging of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences.

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