Key Concepts in Social Gerontology

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Overview

Social gerontology is a new and dynamic field reflecting the increasing interest in aging across the world. This book provides a readily accessible guide to well established and contested issues, as well as new concepts emerging through cutting edge research in the discipline. The entries give concise, lucid knowledge on what constitutes the ‘building blocks’ of social gerontology and sets out a clear review of the core concepts, both classic and emerging, in this subject area. Each concept is explored in terms of its history, application, usefulness to theory and research, and significance in practice.
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Editorial Reviews

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I welcome this book’s refreshing approach to developing an understanding of fifty major concepts being employed in social gerontology. Far from a dictionary, the concepts are portrayed as complex, and conflicting definitions and usages are both noted and evaluated. The joint UK-US authorship promotes a much needed international approach to the field—something all too lacking in most American textbooks and theoretical articles. Each article includes a (necessarily selective) set of references, and cross-references to other concepts included in the book. Readers might enjoy a ‘follow the cross-reference’ adventure, which will situate each concept in a set of related concepts at the same, a broader, or a narrower level. Moreover, the coverage and evaluation of the concepts is right at the current leading edge in a rapidly moving field
Victor Marshall
Dept. of Sociology and Institute on Aging, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412922722
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 4/30/2010
  • Series: SAGE Key Concepts Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith Phillips is Professor of Gerontology at Swansea University and director of the Older People and Ageing Research and Development Network in Wales (OPAN Cymru). Judith is a qualified social worker and has worked in statutory residential and field settings, specialising in work with older adults. Following a geography degree at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, Judith went on to study at Stockholm University, Jesus College Oxford and UEA, Norwich, where she worked as a researcher and a lecturer before joining the Centre for Social Gerontology at the University of Keele in 1993. She returned to Wales in 2004 to set up the Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Ageing (now the Centre for Innovative Ageing) at Swansea University. She is also currently the Director of theResearch Institute for Applied Social Sciencesat Swansea University.

Dr. Ajrouch is an Adjunct Associate Research Professor in the Life Course Development Program. Her research interests include matters of social relations andaging, with emphasis on gender, race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status. She recently completed a study, funded by the National Institute of Aging, which examined issues of social relations and health among Arab American elders.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Advocacy
Age Integration
Ageing
Ageing in Place
Ageism
Ambivalence
Assisted Living
Bereavement
Biographical Approaches
Care
Care Management
Civic Engagement
Cohort
Convoy Theory
Cultural Ideals
Death and Dying
Dementia
Disability
Elder Mistreatment/Abuse
Environmental Gerontology
Ethnicity
Euthanasia
Family Relations
Filial Responsibility
Frailty
Gender
Generations
Gerontology
Global Ageing
Housing
Independence
Intergenerational Practice
Life-Course Perspective
Lifelong Learning
Loneliness
Long-Term Care
Longevity
Palliative Care
Pensions
Population Ageing
Quality of Life
Religion/Spirituality
Retirement
Social Exclusion
Social Relations
Social Support
Social Theories of Ageing
Successful Ageing
Third and Fourth Ages
Triple Jeopardy
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