Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences / Edition 7

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Overview

The Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences, 7e, summarizes the research literature on the social aspects of aging. The 7e 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

Audience: Researchers and academicians in gerontology and developmental psychology.

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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
Reviewer: Marquis D. Foreman, PhD, RN, FAAN (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing)
Description: This book is one of a series of three on aging, all in their fifth editions, that reflect the maturity and expansion of research and publication on aging. The companion publications are Handbook of the Biology of Aging and Handbook of the Psychology of Aging. The previous edition was published in 1995.
Purpose: The book provides extensive reviews and critical evaluations of research on the social aspects of aging.
Audience: It is useful for research personnel, graduate students, and professional personnel for "access not only to the rapidly growing volume of literature, but also to the perspectives provided by the integration and interpretations of the findings by experienced and well-informed scholars," (p. xvi). The contributors to this edition are among the world's most distinguished scholars of aging and social sciences.
Features: This edition consists of 25 chapters organized into four parts covering theory and methods, aging and social structure, social factors and social institutions, and aging and social intervention. Although the four organizing parts remain identical to the previous edition, the content of the chapters is substantially different. Consequently, this edition is a companion to, rather than a replacement of, the fourth edition.
Assessment: This is an important addition to the extant knowledge of aging. Not only does this edition provide a historical perspective to the topics, but the contributors shape future knowledge by challenging readers on several levels. One challenge is for social scientists to consider how the generation of knowledge is shaped by their own political, cultural, and biographical heritage. Another is to challenge scholars to reflect on the image of aging presented in research, and ask whether it is one to which they could subscribe for themselves. A final challenge is to broaden the study of aging from a focus on individuals in their micro-worlds to the wider social context. This edition is an amazing contribution to the field.
Booknews
A comprehensive text/reference for students, researchers, and practitioners in the field of aging. The volume is divided into four sections, covering theory and research methodology, aging and social structure, social factors and social institutions associated with aging, and social interventions. This updated edition (third was 1990) is substantially expanded with 25 new contributors and some dozen new topics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From the Publisher
"...represents one of those quiet miracles of learning that often go unnoticed."
—Aging Today, 2006

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780123808806
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 12/2/2010
  • Series: Handbooks of Aging Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 404
  • Sales rank: 354,524
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Part One: Theory and Methods

Chapter 1: Theories of Aging and the Life Course - Dale Dannefer

Chapter 2: Aging, Cohorts, and Methods - Yang Yang

Part Two: Aging and Social Structure

Chapter 3: Demography and Aging - Linda G. Martin

Chapter 4: Health Trends and Future Projections - S. Jay Olshansky Chapter 5: Disability and Aging - Vicki Freedman

Chapter 6: Global Aging - Elizabeth Frankenberg and Duncan Thomas

Chapter 7: Race, Ethnicity, and Aging - James Jackson, Ishtar O. Govia & Sherrill Sellers

Chapter 8: Social Stratification and the Life Course - Scott Lynch

Part Three: Social Factors and Social Institutions

Chapter 9: Health Disparities and Aging - Stephanie Robert & Pamela Herd & James House

Chapter 10: Social Factors in Genetics and Aging - Michael Shanahan and Scott Hofer

Chapter 11: Aging, Social Factors, and Mental Health - Linda George

Chapter 12: Aging and Inheritance: Social Factors - Jacqueline Angel

Chapter 13: Economic Status of the Aged - Virginia Reno

Chapter 14: Employment and Aging - Sara Rix

Chapter 15: Residential Environments of Older People - Stephen Golant

Chapter 16: Civic Engagement - Stephen CutlerJon Hendricks and Greg O’Neill

Chapter 17: Death and Dying - Deborah Gold

Part Four: Aging and Society

Chapter 18: The Politics of Pension Reform in Europe - Martin Kohli and Camila Arza

Chapter 19: Politics and Aging in the United States - Robert Binstockand Andrea Campbell

Chapter 20: The Future of Retirement Security - John Williamson

Chapter 21: Organization and Financing of Health Care - Marilyn Moon

Chapter 22: Cross-National Perspectives on Long-Term Care - Joshua Wiener

Chapter 23: Gender, Aging, and Social Policy - Madonna Harrington Meyer and Wendy Parker

Chapter 24: Aging and Social Intervention - Lisa Berkman

Chapter 25: Fiscal Implications of Population Aging - John Gist

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