Aging and The Life Course: An Introduction to Social Gerontology / Edition 5

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Overview

Aging and the Life Course is a comprehensive interdisciplinary text in social gerontology. It provides students with a firm grounding in methodological and theoretical issues associated with aging and examines changes in social roles, relationships and the biological and psychological process that occur as people grow older. It also considers all major life transitions including retirement, widowhood, grandparenting, and changes in living arrangements. In addition, this text considers the economic and political issues that influence the context in which people grow old. Although the primary focus is on the U.S., considerable material on aging worldwide is included. Unique features include four featured boxes, a life course perspective and an emphasis on inequality by race, ethnicity and gender.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073528229
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 1/13/2010
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Award-winning author Jill Quadagno is Professor of Sociology at Florida State University, where she holds the Mildred and Claude Pepper Eminent Scholar Chair in Social Gerontology. She is the author of more than 50 articles and 12 books on aging and social policy issues.

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Table of Contents

Part One: Defining the Field

Chapter 1. The Field of Social Gerontology

Chapter 2. Life Course Transitions

Chapter 3. Theories of Aging

Chapter 4. Demography of Aging

Part Two: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Aging

Chapter 5. Old Age and the Welfare State

Chapter 6. Biological Perspectives on Aging

Chapter 7. Psychological Perspectives on Aging

Part Three: Social Aspects of Aging

Chapter 8. Family Relationships and Social Support Systems

Chapter 9. Living Arrangements

Chapter 10. Work and Retirement

Part Four: Health Aspects of Later Life

Chapter 11. Health and Health Care

Chapter 12. Caring for the Frail Elderly

Chapter 13. Death, Dying and Bereavement

Part Five: Aging and Society

Chapter 14. The Economics of Aging

Chapter 15. Poverty and Inequality

Chapter 16. The Politics of Aging
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