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The Fourth Edition of the Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences reflects the growth of ideas, information, and research literature on the social aspects of aging. Building upon the first three editions, the Handbook is substantially expanded with 25 new and distinguished contributors and nearly a dozen new topics. Intended for use by researchers, professional practitioners, and students in the field of aging, the Handbook 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. Suitable as both a textbook and a reference tool, the Handbook represents a comprehensive source for information on aging and the social sciences.

Audience: Researchers and academicians in gerontology and developmental psychology.

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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.
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.
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.
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: 9780120991945
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books
  • Publication date: 7/23/2001
  • Series: The Handbooks of Aging
  • Edition description: Fifth
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 513
  • Product dimensions: 6.92 (w) x 9.98 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors and Editors
Foreword
Preface
About the Editors
1 Concepts and Theories of Aging: Beyond Microfication in Social Science Approaches
2 Quantitative Approaches: Longitudinal Methods in the Study of Human Development and Aging
3 Person-Centered Methods for Understanding Aging: The Integration of Numbers and Narratives
4 Demography of Aging: A Century of Global Change, 1950-2050
5 Economic and Social Implications of Demographic Patterns
6 Geographical Distribution and Migration
7 Age, Aging, and Anthropology
8 Historical Perspectives on Aging the Family Relations
9 Race, Ethnicity, and Aging
10 The Gendered Life Course
11 Stratification and the Life Course: The Forms of Life-Course Capital and Their Interrelationships
12 The Social Psychology of Health
13 Caregiving by Adult Children: Involvement, Role Disruption, and Health
14 Work and Retirement
15 Social Support
16 The Aging Self in Social Contexts
17 Aging and Role Transitions
18 Aging and Politics
19 Economic Status of the Elderly
20 Economic Security Policies
21 The Financing and Organization of Health Care
22 Emerging Issues in Chronic Care
23 Housing and Living Arrangements: A Transactional Perspective
24 The End of Life
25 Emerging Social Trends
Author Index
Subject Index
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