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Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences
     

Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences

by Linda George
 

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Summarizes the research literature on the social aspects of aging with 72% new material from previous edition. The fully revised handbook covers theory and methods, aging and social structure, social factors and social institutions, and aging and society.
New topics include:
. Demography and aging
. Trends in longevity
. Disability and functional aging

Overview

Summarizes the research literature on the social aspects of aging with 72% new material from previous edition. The fully revised handbook covers theory and methods, aging and social structure, social factors and social institutions, and aging and society.
New topics include:
. Demography and aging
. Trends in longevity
. Disability and functional aging
. Global aging
. Racial and ethnic influences over the life course
. Health disparities among older adults
. Molecular genetics, aging, and well-being
. Employment and aging
. Aging and social policy


  • 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

Editorial Reviews

4 Stars! from Doody
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780123808813
Publisher:
Elsevier Science
Publication date:
11/26/2010
Series:
Handbooks of Aging
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
388
File size:
5 MB

Meet the Author

Linda K. George is Professor of Sociology at Duke University where she also serves as 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 (GSA). She is former chair of the Aging and Life Course Section and the Sociology of Mental Health Section of the American Sociological Association (ASA). She is former editor of the Journal of Gerontology, Social Sciences. She is currently associate editor of Social Psychology Quarterly and former associate editor of Demography. Professor George is the author or editor of eight books and author of more than 250 journal articles and book chapters. She co-edited the third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh editions of the Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences. Her major research interests include social factors and illness, stress and social support, and mental health and well-being across the life course. Among the honors Professor George has received are Phi Beta Kappa, the Duke University Distinguished Teaching Award, the Mentorship Award from the Behavioral and Social Sciences Section of GSA, the Dean’s Mentoring Award from the Graduate School of Duke University, the Kleemeier Award from the GSA, and the Matilda White Riley Award from the ASA.

Kenneth F. Ferraro is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and founding Director of the Center on Aging and the Life Course at Purdue University. He is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed articles and two books and has edited four editions of Gerontology: Perspectives and Issues. Ferraro’s recent research focuses on health inequality over the life course. Current projects examine the early origins of adult health, health disparities, and the health consequences of obesity. With interests in how stratification processes unfold over the life course, he has developed cumulative inequality theory for the study of human development, aging, and health. A fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, Ferraro formerly edited Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences and chaired the Behavioral and Social Sciences section of GSA. He also is a member of the honorary Sociological Research Association and former chair of the Section on Aging and Life Course of the American Sociological Association (ASA). GSA has honored Professor Ferraro with the Distinguished Mentor Award, Richard Kalish Innovation Publication Award, and the Best Paper Award for Theoretical Developments in Social Gerontology. ASA honors from the Section on Aging and the Life Course include Outstanding Publication Award and Matilda White Riley Distinguished Scholar Award.

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