Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences

Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences

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The Fifth Edition of the Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences reflects the growth of ideas, information, and research literature in the social aspects of aging. Building upon the first four editions, the Handbook is substantially expanded with eleven new topics, including the demography of aging, the social psychology of health, social support, chronic care, and role transitions in aging. Fourteen additional chapters on the main avenues of research in social science and aging round out the volume. Intended for use by researchers, professional practitioners, and students in the field of aging, the Handbook is divided into four sections, covering theory and research methodology, aging and social structure, social factors and social institutions associated with aging, and social interventions. Suitable as both a textbook and a reference tool, the Handbook is a comprehensive source for information on aging and the social sciences.
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  • Paperback | 513 pages
  • 175.8 x 253.5 x 24.9mm | 1,005.24g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • 5th edition
  • 0120991942
  • 9780120991945

Table of contents

G. O. Hagestad and D. Dannefer, Concepts and Theories of Aging: Beyond Microfication in Social Science Approaches. D. F. Alwin and R. T. Campbell, Quantitative Approaches: Longitudinal Methods in the Study of Human Development and Aging. B. Singer and C. Ryff, Person-Centered Methods for Understanding Aging:The Integration of Numbers and Narratives. M. Hayward and Z. Zhang, Demography of Aging: A Century of Global Change, 1950-2050; W. Serow, Economic and Social Implications of Demographic Patterns. C. Longino, Geographical Distribution and Migration. C. Ikels and C. Beall, Age, Aging, and Anthropology. T. Hareven, Historical Perspectives on Aging and Family Relations. D. Williams and C. Wilson, Race, Ethnicity, and Aging. P. Moen, The Gendered Life Course. A. O'Rand, Stratification and the Life Course: The Forms of Life Course Capital and Their Interrelationships. L. George, The Social Psychology of Health. L. L. Pearlin, A. E. McLaughlin and M. F. Pioli, Caregiving by Adult Children: Involvement, Role Disruption, and Health. J. Henretta, Work and Retirement. N. Krause, Social Support. R. Giarrusso, V. L. Bengtson and J. B. Mabry, The Aging Self in Social Contexts. K. F. Ferraro, Aging and Role Transitions. R. H. Binstock and J. Quadagno, Aging and Politics. W. Crown, Economic Status of Older Persons. E. Kingson and J. Williamson, Economic Security Policies. J. Feder, H. Komisar and M. Niefeld, The Financing and Organization of Health Care. R. L. Kane and R. A. Kane, Emerging Issues in Chronic Care. G. Maddox, Housing and Living Arrangements: A Transactional Perspective. A. Wilkinson and J. Lynn, The End of Life. S. Cutler and J. Hendricks, Emerging Social Trends.
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About Robert H. Binstock

Robert H. Binstock has been Professor of Aging, Health, and Society at Case Western Reserve University since 1985, following two decades at Brandeis University. A former President of the Gerontological society of America (1975-1976), he has served as director of a White House Task Force on Older Americans (1967-1968) and as chairman and member of a number of advisory panels to the United States government, state and local governments, and foundations. He is presently Chairman of the Gerontological Health Section of the American Public Health Association. Professor Binstock is the author of more than 150 articles on the politics and policies affecting aging, and his 19 books include the three previous editions of the Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences, The Future of Long-Term Care: Social and Policy Issues (1996, and Dementia and Aging: Ethics, Values, and Policy Choices (1992). Among the honors he has received for contributions to geronotology and the well-being of older persons are the Kent and the Brookdale Awards from the Gerontological Society of America, the Key Award from the American Public Health Association, the American Society on Aging Award, and the Arthur S. Flemming Award from the national Association of State Units on Aging. Linda K. George is Professor of Sociology at Duke University, where she also serves as Associate Director of the Duke University Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development. She is a former President of the Gerontological Society of America (1993-1994) and a member of the Executive Committee of the Aging Section of the American Sociological Society. She is former editor of the Journal of Gerontology, Social Sciences Section and is currently on the Editorial Boards of the American Sociological Review and the Journal of Aging and Health. Professor George is the author of more than 150 journal articles and book chapters. Her six books include Quality of Life Among Older Adults (1980) (co-authored by Lucille Bearon), which has been in print continuously for 15 years. She co-edited the Third Edition of the Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences. Her major research interests include social factors and illness, stress and coping, and subjective well-being, all of which she examines primarily in the context of later life. Among the honors Professor George has received are Phi Betta Kappa, the Duke University Trinity College Distinguished Teaching Award, and the W. Fred Cottrell Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Aging. Professor George received her B.A. and M.A. degrees in Sociology from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Duke University and also completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in aging there.
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...this reference text is highly recommended for senior scholars, researchers, and practitioners. --CHOICE (March 2002) @from:Praise for the previous edition: This collection is a Fourth Edition of a series that provides broad and thorough coverage of research on aging in the social sciences. Although a Fourth Edition, much of the material is new... This volume provides extensive and detailed summaries of critical social science subject areas, primarily in sociology, epidemiology and demography, history, economics, and political science and social policy. This will likely be an indispensable book for psychologists who need extended yet concise treatment of the research on social influences on aging. It is recommended as a useful addition to personal collections of gerontological literature. Supplemented by other material (new topics areas supplement but do not replace thematic contents in previous editions), this handbook could serve as a cornerstone for advanced-level study. --CONTEMPORARY PSYCHOLOGY Intended for use by researchers, professional practitioners, and students in the field of aging, the Handbook series serves its purpose well... The chapters are uniformly well written and densely packed with information. While the chapter titles have not changed substantially from the earlier editions, the approach to many of the topics is new, thanks to the outreach of the editors to first-time contributors... The result is a fresh outlook on many areas that have become stale in our discussions. All of the contributors, of course, are distinguished scholars and recognizable experts in their fields... I found the infusion of the life-course perspective throughout the volume to give it a certain integrity and connectedness. They are written with a strong theory base and an acknowledgement of the research frontiers that remain to be explored. The Fourth Edition to the Handbook on Aging and the Social Sciences has much to recommend it... It presents not only a critical review of research to date, but a discussion of areas for further research. The chapters provide rich topical reviews that can update ones knowledge in a variety of areas. It will serve, as its predecessors have, as a valuable reference text for researchers, professionals, and students interested in social gerontology. --Elizabeth A. Kutza, Portland State University, in GERONTOLOGIST A comprehensive text/reference for students, researchers, and practitioners in the field of aging. The volume is divided into four sections covering: theory and research methodology, aging and social structure, social factors and social institutions associated with aging, and social interventions. This updated edition is substantially expanded with 25 new contributors and some dozen new topics.
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