Experiencing the Life Cycle: A Social Psychology of Aging

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780398058760
  • Publisher: Charles C. Thomas Publisher, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/1/1993
  • Edition description: 2nd ed
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 274

Table of Contents

1 Social Theories of Aging 3
Population Trends and Age Norms 5
Age Norms and Everyday Life 9
Experiential Age 12
Aging and the Perspective of Symbolic Interaction 14
Theories of Aging 19
2 The Social Construction of Age Categories: Subjective Experience and Sociodemographic Change 32
Childhood as a Social Invention 34
Teen World 43
Historical Transitions to Young Adulthood 48
Middle Age 52
Old Age 56
3 Intimacy, Aging, and the Family Life Cycle 63
Courtship 63
Constructing the Marriage 69
Having and Raising Children 72
Grandparenthood as a Transition to Old Age 81
The Later Years 84
Intergenerational Families and Multigenerational Households 87
4 Work, Careers, and Aging 94
Work and Identity 95
Social Class and the Meanings of Work 96
Career Paths and Aging: Some General Considerations 100
Work, Aging, and the Life Cycle 108
5 Gendered Pathways: Men, Women, and Life Cycles 127
Gender Roles as Social Constructions 127
Gender Tracks: Becoming Male and Female 129
Early Socialization Experiences 130
Adolescence 136
Adulthood 143
The Later Years 150
6 The Therapeutic State and the Problem of Aging 161
The Contemporary Concern with Self and The Problem of Identity 163
The Triumph of the Therapeutic State 164
Experts and the Creation of Age Categories 167
The Medicalization of the Life Cycle 170
7 The Politics of the Life Cycle: Social Policies, Perceptions, and Prospects 192
The Sources of Potential Conflict 194
Accepting an Intergenerational Society 196
Integrating a Multiracial Population Base 201
Health and Longterm Care 206
Child Care and Women in the Workplace 212
Author Index 245
Subject Index 253
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