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Aging and the Life Course (Text and Free Annual Editions Online)

Aging and the Life Course (Text and Free Annual Editions Online) - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0072402018

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ISBN13: 978-0072402018
ISBN10: 0072402016
Cover type: Hardback
Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Publishing Company
Published: 1999
International: No

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Aging and the Life Course (Text and Free Annual Editions Online) - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0072402018

Jill Quadagno

ISBN13: 978-0072402018
ISBN10: 0072402016
Cover type: Hardback
Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Publishing Company

Published: 1999
International: No
Summary

In writing this first edition text, Jill Quadagno's goal was to provide a comprehensive and contemporary view of the sociology of aging. She achieved her objective in the following ways: (1) hers is the first social gerontology text to take a life course approach, which stipulates that the quality of one's life in old age is the product of earlier choices, opportunities, and constraints; (2) her book highlights current public policy issues pertaining to aging; and (3) her book integrates coverage of topics and issues pertaining to race, class, and gender.

  • 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'' and in boxed essays found in every chapter.
  • Emphasizes diversity in aging by providing integrated coverage of race, class, and gender issues and by discussing old age in a broad range of cultures.
  • Distinctive chapter, ''Caring for the Frail Elderly'' 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.
  • Unique Web Directory provides a useful starting point for students interested in learning more about aging by exploring relevant web sites.

Author Bio

Quadagno, Jill : Florida State University

Table of Contents

Part 1: Defining the Field
The Field of Social Gerontology
Theories of Aging
Demography of Aging
Old Age and the Welfare State

Part 2: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Aging
Historical Perspectives on Aging
Biology of Aging
Psychological Perspectives on Aging

Part 3: Changes in Social Roles and Relationships
Adult Development and Life Course Transitions
Social Support: Family, Friends, and Religion
Intimacy and Sexuality in Later Life
Work and Retirement

Part 4: Social Aspects of Individual Aging
Health and Health Care
Caring for the Frail Elderly
Dying, Death, and Bereavement

Part 5: Aging and Society
Aging and Society
Aging and Inequality
The Politics of Aging Careers

Appendix
Glossary
References
Web Directory
Acknowledgements
Photo Credits
Name Index
Subject Index

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