Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences / Edition 6

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Overview

The Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences, Sixth Edition provides a comprehensive summary and evaluation of recent research on the social aspects of aging. The 25 chapters are divided into four sections discussing Aging and Time, Aging and Social Structure, Social Factors and Social Institutions, and Aging and Society. Within this context, aging is examined from the perspectives of many disciplines and professions including anthropology, bioethics, demography, economics, epidemiology, law, political science, psychology, and sociology.

The Sixth Edition of the Handbook is virtually 100% new material. Seventeen chapters are on subjects not carried in the previous edition. Seven topics were carried over from the previous edition but written by new authors with fresh perspectives and brought up to date. Some of the exciting new topics include social relationships in late life, technological change and aging, religion and aging, lifestyle and aging, perceived quality of life, economic security in retirement, and aging and the law. There is also a greater emphasis on international perspectives, particularly in chapters on aging and politics, diversity and aging, and immigration.

The Handbook will be of use to researchers and professional practitioners working with the aged. It is also suitable for use as a course text for graduate and advanced undergraduate courses on aging and the social sciences.

Audience: Researchers and academicians in gerontology and developmental psychology.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"...represents one of those quiet miracles of learning that often go unnoticed."
--Aging Today, 2006
From the Publisher
"...represents one of those quiet miracles of learning that often go unnoticed."
—Aging Today, 2006
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
Doody's Review Service
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.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780120883882
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 11/30/2005
  • Series: Handbook of Aging Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 542
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Table of Contents

1
Aging and the Life Course
Richard A. Settersten, Jr.

2
Modeling Time and Age: Concepts and Methods
Duane F. Alwin, Ryan McCammon, Scott Hofer

3
Morbidity and Mortality
Kenneth Land, Yang Yang

4
Historical Perspectives on Aging
Carole Haber

5
Migration and Immigration
Charles F. Longino, Jr., Don E. Bradley

6
Diversity and Aging
Ronald Angel, Jacqueline Angel

7
Social Networks and Social Integration
Nan Lin, Jennifer Moren-Cross

8
A New Life Stage: The Third Agel
Phyliss Moen, Donna Spencer

9
Stratification and the Life Course
Angela O’Rand

10
Family Structure and Transfers
Merril Silverstein

11
Social Relationships in Late Life
Neal Krause

12
Older Workers
Melissa Hardy

13
Economic Status of the Elderly
Karen Holden

14
Health and Aging
Kenneth F. Ferraro

15
Technological Change and Aging
Stephen J. Cutler

16
Religion and Aging
Ellen Idler

17
Aging and Life Style
Jon Hendricks, Laurie Russell Hatch

18
Quality of Life
Linda K. George

19
Aging and Politics: An International Perspective
Alan Walker, Ph.D.

20
The Changing Public-Private Mix of Economic Support
James H. Schulz, Allan Borowski

21
The Organization and Financing of Health Care
Marilyn Moon

22
Emerging Issues in Long-Term Care
Robyn I. Stone, Ph.D.

23
Aging and the Law
Marshall Kapp

24
Anti-Aging Medicine and Science: Social Implications
Robert H. Binstock, Jennifer R. Fishman, Thomas E. Johnson

25
Aging and Justice
Martin Kohli

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