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This volume focuses on the experience of growing old as it is linked to societal factors. Ryff and Marshall construct this "macro" view of aging in society by bridging disciplines and brining together contributors from all the social sciences.
The book is organized into three sections: theoretical perspectives, socioeconomic structures, and contexts of self and society. Leading psychologists, anthropologists, gerontologists, and sociologists present theoretical and empirical advances that forge links between the individual and the social aspects of aging. It is must reading for researchers in all gerontologic specialties, and a valuable text for graduate courses in human development, psychology of aging, and other social aspects of aging.
The book contains black-and-white illustrations.
|Pt. 1||Theoretical Perspectives on Self and Society Linkages|
|1||Linking the Self and Society in Social Gerontology: Crossing New Territory via Old Questions||3|
|2||Social Perspectives on the Self in Later Life||42|
|3||Neoteny, Naturalization, and Other Constituents of Human Development||67|
|4||Continuity Theory, Self, and Social Structure||94|
|5||Identity and Adaptation to the Aging Process||122|
|6||Self-Development in Adulthood and Aging: The Role of Critical Life Events||150|
|Pt. 2||Socioeconomic Structures and the Self|
|7||Practical Consciousness, Social Class, and Self-Concept: A View From Sociology||187|
|8||Educational Attainment and Self-Making in Later Life||223|
|9||Forging Macro-Micro Linkages in the Study of Psychological Well-Being||247|
|10||Income and Subjective Well-Being Over the Life Cycle||279|
|Pt. 3||Contexts of Self and Society: Work and Family|
|11||Structure and Agency in the Retirement Process: A Case Study of Montreal Garment Workers||305|
|12||Gender and Distress in Later Life: The Importance of Lifelong Employment and Familial Experiences||339|
|13||The Caregiving Context: The Intersection of Social and Individual Influences in the Experience of Family Caregiving||362|
|14||Linking Social Structure and Self-Concept: Variations in Sense of Mastery||398|
|15||Intersections of Society, Family, and Self Among Hispanics in Middle and Later Life||423|
|16||The Social Psychology of Values: Effects of Individual Development, Social Change, and Family Transmission Over the Life Span||453|