Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences

Edited by

  • Linda George, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA
  • Kenneth Ferraro, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA

Reflecting the extraordinary growth of research on aging individuals, populations, and the dynamic culmination of the life course, the new Eighth Edition of Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences provides a comprehensive synthesis and review of the latest research findings in the social sciences of aging. The complexities of population dynamics, cohort succession, and policy changes modify the world and its inhabitants in ways that must be vigilantly monitored so that aging research remains relevant and accurate. Completely revised, this edition not only includes the foundational, classic themes of aging research, but also a rich array of emerging topics and perspectives that advance the field in exciting ways. New topics include families, immigration, social factors and cognition, caregiving, neighborhoods and built environments, natural disasters, religion and health, and sexual behavior, among others.

The Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences serves as a useful resource-an inspiration to those searching for ways to contribute to the aging enterprise, and a tribute to the rich bodies of scholarship that comprise aging research in the social sciences.  

  • Includes aging topics at both the micro- and macro-level
  • Addresses the intersection of the individual and aggregate factors
  • Covers a spectrum of disciplines, including demography, economics, epidemiology, gerontology, political science, psychology, social work, sociology, and statistics. Brings together the work of almost fifty leading scholars to provide a deeper understanding of aging

The Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences, 8th edition, is part of the Handbooks of Aging series, including the Handbook of the Psychology of Aging and the Handbook of the Biology of Aging, also in their 8th editions.

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Clinicians, researchers, and students in gerontology, developmental psychology, psychiatry, biology, and other related health care professions tasked with caring for the aging population.


Book information

  • Published: September 2015
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-417235-7

Table of Contents

  1. Aging, the Life Course, and the Sociological Imagination (new)
  2. Aging, Cohorts, and Methods/Quantitative Methods (new focus)
  3. Qualitative Methods (new)
  4. Demography of Aging (new focus)
  5. Immigration (new)
  6. Global Aging (new focus)
  7. Racial and Ethnic Influences over the Life Course (new focus)
  8. Stratification and Inequality over the Life Course
  9. Gender and Aging
  10. Families (new)
  11. Health Disparities among Older Adults
  12. Social Factors and Cognition (new)
  13. Stress and Aging (new)
  14. Caregiving (new)
  15. Economic Status of the Aged in the United States
  16. Employment and Aging
  17. Effects of Neighborhoods and the Built Environment (new)
  18. Effects of Natural Disasters on Older Adults (new)
  19. Politics and Aging in the United States (new focus)
  20. The Future of the Retirement Security
  21. Organization and Financing of Health Care
  22. Religion and Health in Later Life (new)
  23. Social Networks of Older people (new)
  24. Aging and Sexual Behavior (new)

Early Origins of Adult Health (new)