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This groundbreaking text is the first to take a life course perspective, examining the relationship between the quality of one's life in old age and one’s experiences, earlier choices, opportunities, and constraints. The text gives students a broad background for understanding current policy debates through a distinctive chapter entitled "Old Age and the Welfare State" (Chapter 11) and through boxed essays in every chapter called "An Issue for Public Policy." In addition, coverage of race, class, gender, and culture is integrated throughout.
Table of Contents
Part One: Defining the Field
Chapter 1. The Field of Social Gerontology
Chapter 2. Theories of Aging
Chapter 3. Life Course Transitions
Chapter 4. Demography of Aging
Part Two: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Aging
Chapter 5. Historical Perspectives on Aging
Chapter 6. Biological Perspectives on Aging
Chapter 7. Psychological Perspectives on Aging
Part Three: Social Aspects of Aging
Chapter 8. Family Relationships and Support Systems