Aging in Society: An Introduction to Social Gerontology

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Sage Pub., 1990 - Social Science - 332 pages
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This comprehensive textbook introduces the reader to the main approaches to understanding ageing. The book is clearly written and well structured. Each chapter has been specially commissioned from a leading expert in the field.

Drawing on theoretical perspectives from sociology, psychology and biology, the authors show how each perspective focuses on different aspects of ageing, makes particular assumptions, uses concepts in distinct ways, poses specific questions and arrives at different explanations of the ageing process. These various approaches are shown to be complementary and contribute to our understanding of the ageing process in different ways.

This text will help students to develop a fuller understanding of the key features of ageing. The reader is encouraged to be critical of studies which view old age as a social problem and those which stress the negative quality of public attitudes to old age. By explaining issues of ageing within the perspective of the whole life span andtaking a multidisciplinary perspective, the authors present a more positive view of human ageing.

Ageing in Society has been developed by the British Society of Gerontology to fill the need for an introductory text which draws together approaches from a range of disciplines and professions involved in the study of ageing. This essential text will be required reading for students and academics across the social sciences taking courses on ageing and the life course; and for those working in the health and caring professions, social work and psychiatiric medicine.

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