Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences

Edited by

  • Linda George, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA

Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences, Seventh Edition, provides extensive reviews and critical evaluations of research on the social aspects of aging. It also makes available major references and identifies high-priority topics for future research. The book is organized into four parts. Part 1 reviews developments in the field of age and the life course (ALC) studies and presents guidelines on conducting cohort analysis. Part 2 covers the demographic aspects of aging; longevity trends; disability and aging; and stratification and inequality research. Part 3 includes chapters that examine socioeconomic position and racial/ethnic disparities in health at older ages; the role of social factors in the distribution, antecedents, and consequences of depression; and aspects of private wealth transfers and the changing nature of family gift-giving. Part 4 deals with pension reform in Europe; the political activities of older Americans; the future of retirement security; and gender differences in old age. The Handbook is intended for researchers, professional practitioners, and students in the field of aging. It can also serve as a basic reference tool for scholars, professionals, and others who are not presently engaged in research and practice directly focused on aging and the aged.
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Researchers and students in gerontology


Book information

  • Published: November 2010
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-380880-6

Table of Contents




About the Editors

Part 1: Theory and Methods

1. Age, the Life Course, and the Sociological Imagination: Prospects for Theory

2. Aging, Cohorts, and Methods

Part 2: Aging and Social Structure

3. Demography and Aging

4. Trends in Longevity and Prospects for the Future

5. Disability, Functioning, and Aging

6. Global Aging

7. Racial and Ethnic Influences Over the Life Course

8. Stratification and Inequality Over the Life Course

Part 3: Social Factors and Social Institutions

9. Health Disparities Among Older Adults: Life Course Influences and Policy Solutions

10. Molecular Genetics, Aging, and Well-being: Sensitive Period, Accumulation, and Pathway Models

11. Social Factors, Depression, and Aging

12. Aging, Inheritance, and Gift-Giving

13. Economic Status of the Aged in the United States

14. Employment and Aging

15. The Changing Residential Environments of Older People

16. Civic Engagement and Aging

17. Late-Life Death and Dying in 21st-Century America

Part 4: Aging and Society

18. The Political Economy of Pension Reform in Europe

19. Politics and Aging in the United States

20. The Future of Retirement Security

21. Organization and Financing of Health Care

22. Long-Term Care Financing, Service Delivery, and Quality Assurance: The International Experience

23. Gender, Aging, and Social Policy

24. Aging and Social Intervention: Life Course Perspectives

25. Fiscal Implications of Population Aging

Author Index

Subject Index