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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, ...
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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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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.
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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)

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Meet the Author

Robert H. Binstock has been Professor of Aging, Health, and Society at Case Western Reserve University since 1985, following two decades at Brandeis University. A former President of the Gerontological society of America (1975-1976), he has served as director of a White House Task Force on Older Americans (1967-1968) and as chairman and member of a number of advisory panels to the United States government, state and local governments, and foundations. He is presently Chairman of the Gerontological Health Section of the American Public Health Association. Professor Binstock is the author of more than 150 articles on the politics and policies affecting aging, and his 19 books include the three previous editions of the Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences, The Future of Long-Term Care: Social and Policy Issues (1996, and Dementia and Aging: Ethics, Values, and Policy Choices (1992). Among the honors he has received for contributions to geronotology and the well-being of older persons are the Kent and the Brookdale Awards from the Gerontological Society of America, the Key Award from the American Public Health Association, the American Society on Aging Award, and the Arthur S. Flemming Award from the national Association of State Units on Aging.

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 former President of the Gerontological Society of America (1993-1994) and a member of the Executive Committee of the Aging Section of the American Sociological Society. She is former editor of the Journal of Gerontology,Social Sciences Section and is currently on the Editorial Boards of the American Sociological Review and the Journal of Aging and Health. Professor George is the author of more than 150 journal articles and book chapters. Her six books include Quality of Life Among Older Adults (1980) (co-authored by Lucille Bearon), which has been in print continuously for 15 years. She co-edited the Third Edition of the Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences. Her major research interests include social factors and illness, stress and coping, and subjective well-being, all of which she examines primarily in the context of later life. Among the honors Professor George has received are Phi Betta Kappa, the Duke University Trinity College Distinguished Teaching Award, and the W. Fred Cottrell Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Aging. Professor George received her B.A. and M.A. degrees in Sociology from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Duke University and also completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in aging there.

James H. Schulz is Professor of Economics in the Florence Heller Graduate School at Brandeis University, holds the Meyer and Ida Kirstein Chair in Aging Policy, and is currently Director of the Ph.D. Program. He is on the Board of Directors of four mutual funds sponsored by the American Association of Retired Persons and managed by the investment firm of Scudder, Stevens, and Clark, and is a consultant to the International Social Security Association, the United Nations, and the World Bank. Professor Schulz is a leading authority on pensions, retirement policy, and the economics of aging-authoring over 100 books, reports, and articles. His major books include Providing Adequate Retirement Income, Economics of Population Aging: The "Greying" of Australia, Japan and the United States, and The Economics of Aging, (just published in its sixth edition). He is a fellow and past president of the Gerontological Society of America and a founding fellow of the National Academy of Social Insurance. Among his awards is the 1983 Robert W. Kleemeier Award for outstanding research in aging.

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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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