Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences / Edition 7

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The Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences, 7th edition, has been completely revised from the 6th edition. Providing a comprehensive synthesis and review of the latest research findings in the social sciences of aging, it is intended as a summary for researchers and is also suitable as a high-level textbook for graduate and upper-level undergraduate courses. New topics not in the previous edition form 72% of the work, while topics retained from the previous edition are newly covered by different authors in all but one instance.

The 25 chapters are organized into four sections: Part I - Theory and Methods; Part II - Aging and Social Structure; Part III - Social Factors and Social Institutions; and Part IV - Aging and Society. There is new coverage on 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; stratification and inequality over the life course; molecular genetics, aging, and well-being; inheritance and gift-giving; economic status of the aged in the US; employment and aging; residential environments of older people; civic engagement and aging; pension reform in Europe; politics and aging in the US; aging and social policy; and the fiscal implications of population aging.

The Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences, 7th edition is part of the Handbooks of Aging series, including the Handbook of the Psychology of Aging and the Handbook of the Biology of Aging, also in their 7th editions.

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.
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
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents


Part One: Theory and Methods

1. Theories of Aging and the Life Course, Dale Dannefer (Case Western Reserve)

2. Aging, Cohorts, and Methods, Yang Yang (Chicago)

Part Two: Aging and Social Structure

3. Demography and Aging, Linda G. Martin (RAND)

4. Health Trends and Future Projections, S. Jay Olshansky (U. of Illinois at Chicago)

5. Disability and Aging, Vicki Freedman (U. of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey)

6. Global Aging, Duncan Thomas and Elizabeth Frankenberg (Duke)

7. Race, Ethnicity, and Aging, James Jackson (Michigan)

8. Social Stratification and the Life Source, Scott Lynch (Princeton)

Part Three: Social Factors and Social Institutions

9. Health Disparities and Aging, Stephanie Robert, Pamela Herd, and James House (U. of Wisconsin and Michigan)

10. Social Factors in Genetics and Aging, Michael Shanahan (North Carolina)

11. Aging, Social Factors, and Mental Health, Linda George (Duke)

12. Aging and Inheritance: Social Factors, Jacqueline Angel (U. of Texas)

13. Economic Status of the Aged, Virginia Reno (National Academy of Social Insurance)

14. Employment and Aging, Sara Rix (AARP)

15. Residential Environments of Older People, Stephen Golant (U. of Florida)

16. Civic Engagement, Stephen Cutler and Jon Hendricks (Vermont and Oregon State)

17. Death and Dying, Deborah Gold (Duke)

Part Four: Aging and Society

18. The Politics of Pension Reform in Europe, Martin Kohli and Camila Arza (European University Institute)

19. Politics and Aging in the United States, Robert Binstock and Andrea Campbell (Case Western Reserve and MIT)

20. The Future of Retirement Security, John Williamson (Boston College)

21. Organization and Financing of Health Care, Marilyn Moon (American Institutes for Research)

22. Cross-National Perspectives on Long-Term Care, Joshua Wiener (RTI International)

23. Gender, Aging, and Social Policy, Madonna Harrington Meyer (Syracuse)

24. Aging and Social Intervention, Lisa Berkman (Harvard)

25. Fiscal Implications of Popultion Aging, John Gist (AARP)

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