Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences

Edited by

  • Robert Binstock, School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A.
  • Linda George, Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA
  • Stephen Cutler
  • Jon Hendricks
  • James Schulz, The Policy Center on Aging, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

The Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences, Sixth Edition provides a comprehensive summary and evaluation of recent research on the social aspects of aging. The 25 chapters are divided into four sections discussing Aging and Time, Aging and Social Structure, Social Factors and Social Institutions, and Aging and Society. Within this context, aging is examined from the perspectives of many disciplines and professions including anthropology, bioethics, demography, economics, epidemiology, law, political science, psychology, and sociology.The Sixth Edition of the Handbook is virtually 100% new material. Seventeen chapters are on subjects not carried in the previous edition. Seven topics were carried over from the previous edition but written by new authors with fresh perspectives and brought up to date. Some of the exciting new topics include social relationships in late life, technological change and aging, religion and aging, lifestyle and aging, perceived quality of life, economic security in retirement, and aging and the law. There is also a greater emphasis on international perspectives, particularly in chapters on aging and politics, diversity and aging, and immigration.The Handbook will be of use to researchers and professional practitioners working with the aged. It is also suitable for use as a course text for graduate and advanced undergraduate courses on aging and the social sciences.
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Book information

  • Published: December 2005
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-088388-2


"...represents one of those quiet miracles of learning that often go unnoticed...includes 22 chapters by a faculty of 37 of the most distinguished authorities any social science educator might want to hand to his or her students. This 30th anniversary edition deserves a big hand from the field of aging." --Aging Today, 2006

Table of Contents

1Aging and the Life CourseRichard A. Settersten, Jr.2Modeling Time and Age: Concepts and MethodsDuane F. Alwin, Ryan McCammon, Scott Hofer3Morbidity and MortalityKenneth Land, Yang Yang4Historical Perspectives on AgingCarole Haber5Migration and ImmigrationCharles F. Longino, Jr., Don E. Bradley6Diversity and AgingRonald Angel, Jacqueline Angel7Social Networks and Social IntegrationNan Lin, Jennifer Moren-Cross8A New Life Stage: The Third AgelPhyliss Moen, Donna Spencer9Stratification and the Life CourseAngela O’Rand10Family Structure and TransfersMerril Silverstein11Social Relationships in Late LifeNeal Krause12Older WorkersMelissa Hardy13Economic Status of the ElderlyKaren Holden14Health and AgingKenneth F. Ferraro15Technological Change and AgingStephen J. Cutler16Religion and AgingEllen Idler17Aging and Life StyleJon Hendricks, Laurie Russell Hatch18Quality of LifeLinda K. George19Aging and Politics: An International PerspectiveAlan Walker, Ph.D.20The Changing Public-Private Mix of Economic SupportJames H. Schulz, Allan Borowski21The Organization and Financing of Health CareMarilyn Moon22Emerging Issues in Long-Term CareRobyn I. Stone, Ph.D.23Aging and the LawMarshall Kapp24Anti-Aging Medicine and Science: Social ImplicationsRobert H. Binstock, Jennifer R. Fishman, Thomas E. Johnson25Aging and JusticeMartin Kohli