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Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences - 9th Edition - ISBN: 9780128159705

Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences

9th Edition

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Editors: Kenneth Ferraro Deborah Carr
Paperback ISBN: 9780128159705
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 15th January 2021
Page Count: 550
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Table of Contents

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


Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences, Ninth Edition provides a comprehensive synthesis of the latest research findings in the science 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. 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.

This book will serve as a useful resource and an inspiration to those searching for ways to contribute to the aging enterprise.

Key Features

  • Includes aging topics at both the micro- and macro-level
  • Addresses the intersection of 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


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


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About the Editors

Kenneth Ferraro

Kenneth F. Ferraro is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and founding Director of the Center on Aging and the Life Course at Purdue University. He is the author of over 120 peer-reviewed articles in prominent journals in sociology, gerontology, and public health. He has written two books, including The Gerontological Imagination: In Integrative Paradigm of Aging (Oxford University Press), and edited four editions of Gerontology: Perspectives and Issues. Ferraro’s recent research focuses on health inequality over the life course, including the early origins of adult health, stress, and health disparities. With interests in how stratification processes unfold over the life course, he developed cumulative inequality theory for the study of human development, aging, and health. A fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), Ferraro formerly edited Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences and chaired the Behavioral and Social Sciences section of GSA. He also is a member of the honorary Sociological Research Association and former chair of the Section on Aging and Life Course of the American Sociological Association (ASA). GSA has honored Professor Ferraro with the Distinguished Mentor Award and twice for both the Richard Kalish Innovation Publication Award and the Best Paper Award for Theoretical Developments in Social Gerontology. ASA honors from the Section on Aging and the Life Course include Outstanding Publication Award and Matilda White Riley Distinguished Scholar Award.

Affiliations and Expertise

Distinguished Professor of Sociology and founding Director of the Center on Aging and the Life Course, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA

Deborah Carr

Deborah Carr is Professor and Chair of Sociology at Boston University. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1997. Dr. Carr has held faculty positions at University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin, and Rutgers University. She is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, as well as the author of several books including Worried Sick: How Stress Hurts Us and How to Bounce Back (Rutgers, 2014). Her latest book Golden Years? Social Inequality in Later Life (2019, Russell Sage) received the Richard Kalish Innovation Publication Award from the Gerontologicial Society of America. Carr’s research focuses on psychosocial factors that affect health and well-being over the life course. Recent research focuses on disability and obesity-related discrimination, family relationships as a source of support and strain, and death and dying issues including bereavement, advance care planning, and well-being at the end of life. Carr is fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and was editor-in-chief of the Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences from 2015-20. She is a member of the honorary Sociological Research Association and former chair of the Aging and Life Course and Medical Sociology sections of the American Sociological Association (ASA).

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Sociology, Boston University, USA