Aging and the Life Course : An Introduction to Social Gerontology

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-01-04
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
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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." Each chapter also includes a box called "In Their Own Words" that allows older people to describe their own experiences. In addition, coverage of race, class, gender, and culture is integrated throughout and featured in the "Diversity in the Aging Experience" sections.

Table of Contents

Defining the Field
The Field of Social Gerontology
Theories of Aging
Life Course Transitions
Demography of Aging
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Aging
Historical Perspectives on Aging
Biological Perspectives on Aging
Psychological Perspectives on Aging Part Three: Social Aspects of Aging
Family Relationships and Support Systems
Living Arrangements
Caring for the Frail Elderly
Managing Transitions
Old Age and the Welfare State
Work and Retirement
Health and Health Care
Dying, Death, and Bereavement
Aging and Society
The Economics of Aging
Poverty and Inequality
The Politics of Aging
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