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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 th ...show moree 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. Edition/Copyright: 2ND 02
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.
- 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.
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Publishing Company