The Self and Society in Aging Processes / Edition 1

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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.

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What People Are Saying

Matilda White Riley
The text deserves several rounds of applause from both teachers and students; and I am delighted to join them. (Matilda White Riley, DSC, National Institute on Aging)
Glen H. Elder
Essential reading for all who wonder about how society influences the way we age. (Glen H. Elder, Jr., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826112675
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/23/1999
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 504
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Victor Marshall is Director of the UNC Institute on Aging, Professor of Sociology and Adjunct Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also directs the Institute's NIH-funded doctoral and post-doctoral training program.

Carol D. Ryff, Ph.D., is Director of the Institute on Aging and Professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research centers on the study of psychological well-being, an area in which she has developed multidimensional assessment scales that have been translated to more than 25 different languages and are currently in use studies around the world. Dr. Ryff has catalyzed extensive multidisciplinary research on topics related to life course development (e.g., parenting; aging transitions; social relations, emotions, and health). Since 1996, she has edited four books that summarize recent findings in these areas. She currently directs the MIDUS II (Midlife in the U.S.) national survey, which is funded by a $26 million grant from the National Institute on Aging.

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Table of Contents

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
Index 483
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