Handbook of Theories of Aging, Second Edition / Edition 2

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This handbook discusses how the various approaches to aging theory can be integrated to create a unified theoretical aging discourse. The chapters in this volume are commissioned from scholars whose research in aging has achieved international recognition, and who are concerned with the advancement of cross-disciplinary theorizing in the field. Chapters include:

  • Dynamic Integration Theory: Emotion, Cognition, and Equilibrium in Later Life
  • Cognitive Control Theory of Aging and Emotional Well-Being
  • Theorizing Feminist Gerontology, Sexuality and Beyond
  • From Industrialism to Institutionalism: Theoretical Accounts of Aging

This handbook includes a remarkable array of contributions that present state-of-the-art, innovative inter- and intra- disciplinary theorizing in the study of aging. A useful resource for both students and professionals, this book represents the current status of theoretical development in the study of aging. "

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826162519
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/27/2008
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 816
  • Sales rank: 751,366
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Merril Silverstein, PhD is a professor in the Davis School of Gerontology and the Department of Sociology at the University of Southern California. He holds a doctorate degree in sociology from Columbia University. He was previously research assistant professor at Brown University and before that an NIA post-doctoral scholar in aging research at USC. He has authored over 100 published works, including two edited volumes: Intergenerational Relations Across Time and Place (Springer Publishing) and From Generation to Generation: Continuity and Discontinuity in Aging Families (Johns Hopkins University Press). He is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, the Brookdale National Fellowship Program, and the Fulbright International Senior Scholars Program.

Vern L. Bengston, PhD, is AARP/University Chair in Gerontology and Professor of Sociology at the University of Southern California. He received his BA in 1959 at North Park College and his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1963. He directs the Longitudinal Study of Generations, which he began at U.S.C. in 1970, and continues to be involved in research on the sociology of the life course, socialization, ethnicity, and aging. His publications include The Social Psychology of Aging (1973), Youth, Generations, and Social Change (with Robert Laufer, 1974), Grandparenthood (with Joan Robertson, 1985), The Measurement of Intergenerational Relations (with David Mangen and Pierre Landry, 1987) as well as two volumes recently published by Springer Publishing Company: Intergenerational Linkages: Hidden Connections in American Society (edited with Robert Harootyan, 1994) and Adult Intergenerational Relations: Effects of Societal Change (edited with Linda M. Burton and K. Warner Schaie). He has published over 170 papers in professional journals and books on aging, the life course, and families. He has been a member of review panels for the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute on Aging; he has twice won the Reuben Hill Award for outstanding research on theory on the family, presented by the National Council on Family Relations; and most recently he has been honored by the American Sociological Association's Distinguished Scholar Award from the Section on Aging.

Norella M. Putney, PhD is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Southern California, and currently serves as project director of the Transmission of Religion Across Generations study, an investigation of families and religion using data from the Longitudinal Study of Generations. The study is supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation and administered through the University's Center for Religion and Civic Culture. She has published on such topics as theories of aging, intergenerational relations, aging and the life course, religion and families, and women's changing lives. She has coauthored chapters in The Futures of Old Age, the Cambridge Handbook of Age and Ageing, the Handbook of the Life Course, Frontiers in Socialization: Advances in Life Course Research, and the Handbook of Midlife Development. Her articles have appeared in The Journal of Societal and Social Policy, The American Sociologist, and the International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy. She also served as PI of a transdisciplinary drug abuse prevention research study at the University's Keck School of Medicine, investigating family dynamics in drug and alcohol use and abuse.

Daphna Gans, PhD is a postdoctoral fellow in the study of aging at the Department of Labor and Population at RAND, and a recipient of the National Institute on Aging Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award of Postdoctoral Training. She is a part-time lecturer at the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology at the University of Southern California. Daphna earned her doctoral degree in Gerontology from the University of Southern California and holds a Masters degree in Family Studies from Michigan State University. She co-authored articles that were published in several professional journals including Journal of Marriage and Family and Journal of Family Issues. During her studies at the University of Southern California, she served as data coordinator for a four-year bi-national study on intergenerational support to the aged in Israel and the United States.

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Table of Contents

Part 1. Setting the Context of Theories of Aging

Chapter 1: Theorizing about Age and Aging

Chapter 2: A Metahistorical Perspective on Theories of Aging

Chapter 3: An Evolutionary Theory of Human Lifespan: Embodied Capital and the Human Adaptive Complex

Part II. Theorizing Aging across Disciplines

Chapter 4: Biodemography and Aging across Disciplines

Chapter 5: Problematic Foundations: Theorizing Time, Age and Aging

Chapter 6: Deriving a Sense of Meaning in Late Life: An Overlooked Forum for the Development of Interdisciplinary Theory

Chapter 7: Understanding Healthy Aging: Key Components and their Integration

Part III: Biological Theories of Aging

Chapter 8: Making Sense of Biological Theories of Aging

Chapter 9: The Immunological Theory of Aging Revisited

Chapter 10: Modalities of Gene Action Predicted by the Classical Evolutionary Theory of Aging

Chapter 11: A Model System Approach to the Neurobiology of Learning, Memory, and Aging

Chapter 12: Programmed Longevity and Programmed Aging Theories

Chapter 13: Free Radicals & Oxidative Stress in Aging

Part IV: Psychological Theories of Aging

Chapter 14: Convoys of Social Relations: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Chapter 15: Building Theories of Social Context, Cognition, and Aging

Chapter 16: Dynamic Integration Theory: Emotion, Cognition, and Equilibrium in Later Life

Chapter 17: Theories of Cognitive Plasticity: Naturally Occurring and Experimentally Induced

Chapter 18: Cognitive Control Theory of Aging and Emotional Well-Being

Part V. Social Science Perspectives on Theories of Aging

Chapter 19: Toward an Integrative Theory of Social Gerontology

Chapter 20: Towards a Phenomenology of Aging

Chapter 21: Theorizing the Life Course: New Twists in the Paths

Chapter 22: Cumulative Inequality Theory for Research on Aging and the Life Course

Chapter 23: Theorizing Lifestyle: Exploring Agency and Structure in the Life Course

Chapter 24: Theorizing the New Terrain of Old Age: Hallmarks, Freedoms, and Risks

Chapter 25: Theorizing Feminist Gerontology, Sexuality and Beyond: An Intersectional Approach

Chapter 26: Theorizing Across Cultures

Chapter 27: Out of the Arm Chair and off the Veranda: Anthropology, Experiences and Theories of Age

Chapter 28: Theorizing about Families and Aging from a Feminist Perspective

Part VI. Society, Public Policy and Theories of Aging

Chapter 29: From Industrialism to Institutionalism: Theoretical Accounts of Aging Policy Development in the United States

Chapter 30: The Political Economy Perspective of Aging

Chapter 31: Theory Informing Public Policy: The Life Course Perspective as a Policy Tool

Chapter 32: Aging and Social Policy: Theorizing the Social

Chapter 33: Reconstructing Theories of Aging: The Impact of Globalization on Critical Gerontology

Chapter 34: Aging Policy in the Welfare State: Theories and Realities

Part VII. Translating Theories of Aging

Chapter 35: Jurisprudential Gerontology: Theorizing the Relationship between Law and Aging

Chapter 36: Spirituality, Finitude and Theories of the Lifespan

Chapter 37: A Good Old Age: Theories of Mental Health and Aging

Chapter 38: Translational Theory: Applying Life Span Theories to Psychotherapy

Chapter 39: The Construction of Knowledge: A New Gerontological Paradigm

Part VIII. The Future of Theories of Aging

Chapter 40: The Future of Theories of Aging


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