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Aging and the Life Course : An Introduction to Social Gerontology / With Powerweb

Aging and the Life Course : An Introduction to Social Gerontology / With Powerweb - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 978-0072532418

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Publisher: McGraw-Hill Publishing Company
Published: 2002
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Aging and the Life Course : An Introduction to Social Gerontology / With Powerweb - 2ND 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-0072532418

Jill S. Quadagno

ISBN13: 978-0072532418
ISBN10: 0072532416
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 2ND 02
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Publishing Company

Published: 2002
International: No
Summary

Jill Quadagno's groundbreaking text is the first to take a life course perspective, which examines the relationship between the quality of one's life in old age and one¿s experiences, earlier choices, opportunities, and constraints. (Note especially Chapter 8, "Adult Development and Life Course Transitions".) The text gives students a broad background for understanding current policy debates through a distinctive chapter entitled "Old Age and the Welfare State," and through boxed essays in every chapter called "An Issue for Public Policy." The text integrates coverage of topics and issues pertaining to race, class, gender, and culture.

New to This Edition :

  • New chapter on "Living Arrangements" (Chap. 10) discusses variations in household structure, patterns of home ownership, and alternative living arrangements among the aged.
  • New "Aging Around the World" and "Diversity in the Aging Experience" box features strengthen this text's coverage of diversity and culture.
  • New pedagogy includes "Looking Ahead" preview questions, "Looking Back" summary questions, discussion questions at the ends of boxes, and "Thinking About Aging" critical thinking questions.
  • New "Exploring the Internet" sections at the end of each chapter direct students to relevant websites and ask them to answer a series of questions about the material they find online.
  • New Online Learning Center is a text-specific website that includes quizzes, web links, interactive exercises, URLs for Census 2000 updates, and additional resources.


Features :

  • Provides a contemporary approach to the study of aging, emphasizing the life course perspective (Note especially Chapter 8, "Adult Development and Life Course Transitions")
  • Gives students a broad background for understanding current policy debates through a distinctive chapter entitled "Old Age and the Welfare State" (Chapter 4) and in boxed essays found in every chapter titled "An Issue for Public Policy."
  • Distinctive chapter, "Caring for the Frail Elderly" (Chapter 13) examines family and institutional care options.
  • Boxed essays in each chapter entitled, "In Their Own Words," add human interest through vivid first-person accounts of various aspects of the aging experience.
  • Appendix on careers introduces students to the many varied career opportunities in social gerontology.

Author Bio

Quadagno, Jill : Florida State University--Tallahassee

Table of Contents

Part 1: Defining the Field

Chapter 1: The Field of Social Gerontology
Chapter 2: Theories of Aging
Chapter 3: Demography of Aging
Chapter 4: Old Age and the Welfare State

Part 2: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Aging

Chapter 5: Historical Perspectives on Aging
Chapter 6: Biological Perspectives on Aging
Chapter 7: Psychological Perspectives on Aging

Part 3: Social Aspects of Aging

Chapter 8: Adult Development and Life Course Transitions
Chapter 9: Family Relationships and Social Support Systems
Chapter 10: Living Arrangements
Chapter 11: Work and Retirement

Part 4: Care of the Aging

Chapter 12: Health and Health Care
Chapter 13: Caring for the Frail Elderly
Chapter 14: Dying, Death, and Bereavement

Part 5: Aging and Society

Chapter 15: The Economics of Aging
Chapter 16: Aging and Inequality
Chapter 17: The Politics of Aging

Careers Appendix

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