Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences

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  • Edition: 7th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-11-16
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science Ltd

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The Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences, Seventh Edition summarizes the research literature on the social aspects of aging. The Seventh Edition will have 88% new material and authors with 25 chapters: 22 of the chapters will be on completely new topics. Separated into four sections, the fully revised handbook will cover Theory and Methods, Aging and Social Structure, Social Factors and Social Institutions, and Aging and Society. Contains all the main areas of social science gerontological research in one volume Begins with a section on theory and methods Edited by one of the fathers of gerontology (Binstock) and contributors represent top scholars in gerontology

Author Biography

Robert H. Binstock is Professor of Aging, Health, and Society at Case Western Reserve University. A former president, and fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, and chair of the Gerontological Health Section of the American Public Health Association, he has served as director of a White House Task Force on Older Americans and is currently a member of the MacArthur Foundation's Research Network on an Aging Society. Dr Binstock is the author of 300 articles, book chapters, and monographs on politics and policies related to aging. Linda K. George is Professor of Sociology at Duke University and Associate Director of the Duke University Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development. She is a fellow and past president of the Gerontological. Society of America, former chair of the Aging and Life Course Section of the American Sociological Association, and former editor of the Journal of Gerontology, Social Sciences Section. She currently is Associate Editor of Demography. Dr George is the author or editor of seven books and more than 250 journal articles and book chapters.

Table of Contents

Contributorsp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
About the Editorsp. xv
Theory and Methods
Age, the Life Course, and the Sociological Imagination: Prospects for Theoryp. 3
Aging, Cohorts, and Methodsp. 17
Aging and Social Structure
Demography and Agingp. 33
Trends in Longevity and Prospects for the Futurep. 47
Disability, Functioning, and Agingp. 57
Global Agingp. 73
Racial and Ethnic Influences Over the Life Coursep. 91
Stratification and Inequality Over the Life Coursep. 105
Social Factors and Social Institutions
Health Disparities Among Older Adults: Life Course Influences and Policy Solutionsp. 121
Molecular Genetics, Aging, and Well-being: Sensitive Period, Accumulation, and Pathway Modelsp. 135
Social Factors, Depression, and Agingp. 149
Aging, Inheritance, and Gift-Givingp. 163
Economic Status of the Aged in the United Statesp. 175
Employment and Agingp. 193
The Changing Residential Environments of Older Peoplep. 207
Civic Engagement and Agingp. 221
Late-Life Death and Dying in 21st-Century Americap. 235
Aging and Society
The Political Economy of Pension Reform in Europep. 251
Politics and Aging in the United Statesp. 265
The Future of Retirement Securityp. 281
Organization and Financing of Health Carep. 295
Long-Term Care Financing, Service Delivery, and Quality Assurance: The International Experiencep. 309
Gender, Aging, and Social Policyp. 323
Aging and Social Intervention: Life Course Perspectivesp. 337
Fiscal Implications of Population Agingp. 353
Author Indexp. 367
Subject Indexp. 385
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