The SAGE Handbook of Social Gerontology

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Dale Dannefer, Chris Phillipson
SAGE, Aug 13, 2010 - Social Science - 712 pages
This SAGE Handbook integrates basic research on social dimensions of aging. It presents programmatic applications of research in areas not often seen in Handbooks including imprisonment, technology and aging, urban society aged, and elderly migration. The authors constitute a Who′s Who of international gerontology, and the focus on globalization and aging is unique among Handbooks today. This Handbook should be in the library of every social gerontologist.
- Vern L. Bengtson, Professor of Gerontology, University of Southern California

This volume reflects the emergence of ageing as a global concern, including chapters by international scholars from Asia, Australasia, Europe and North America. It provides a comprehensive overview of key trends and issues in the field, drawing upon the full range of social science disciplines.

The Handbook is organized into five parts, each exploring different aspects of research into social aspects of ageing:
  • Disciplinary overviews: summaries of findings from key disciplinary areas within social gerontology.
  • Social relationships and social differences: explores area like social inequality, gender, religion, inter-generational ties, social networks, and friendships.
  • Individual characteristics and change in later life: examines different aspects of individual aging, including self and identity, cognitive processes, and bio-social interactions and their impact on physical and psychological aging.
  • Comparative perspectives and cultural innovations: topics include ageing and development, ageing in a global context, migration, and cross-cultural perspectives on grandparenthood.
  • Policy issues: covering policy concerns such aslong-term care, technology and older people, end of life issues, work and retirement, and the politics of old age.

This will be essential reading for all students, researchers and policy-makers concerned with the major issues influencing the lives of older people across the globe.

 

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Contents

Implications for Social Gerontology
3
Toward a Global History of Ageing
20
3 The Economics of Ageing
33
4 Social Anthropology and Ageing
48
5 The Demography of Ageing
61
6 Epidemiology of Ageing
75
The Social Construction of Causality
96
8 Environmental Perspectives on Ageing
111
Enduring and Emerging Issues
367
SECTION 4 Ageing Culture and Development
377
29 Ageing and International Development
379
30 Migration and Age
389
Perspectives from SubSaharan Africa
405
32 Population Ageing and Oldage Insurance in China
420
The AsiaPacific Region
430
An International Perspective
447

SECTION 2 Ageing and Social Structure
125
9 Age and Inequality in Global Context
127
10 Gender and Ageing in the Context of Globalization
137
11 Ageing and Health Among HispanicsLatinos in the Americas
150
12 Religion and Age
164
The United States and France
177
14 Family and Age in a Global Perspective
190
Asian Perspectives
202
16 Societal Dynamics in Personal Networks
215
Shattering Myths Capturing Lives
226
18 Friendship and Ageing
239
SECTION 3 Ageing and Individual Change
249
19 Age Self and Identity in the Global Century
251
20 Social Structure Cognition and Ageing
265
A Targeted Adaptation Model Focused on Cancer
280
22 Agency and Social Structure in Aging and Lifecourse Research
294
23 Age Experience and the Beginning of Wisdom
306
Comparative Perspectives
317
25 Biosocial Interactions in the Construction of LatelifeHealth Status
329
26 Dementia and Mild Cognitive Impairment in Social and Cultural Context
343
27 Sociocultural Perspectives on Ageing Bodies
357
Multidisciplinary Perspectives and Australian Evidence
459
36 Social Dimensions of Antiageing Science and Medicine
472
37 The New Ageing Enterprise
483
SECTION 5 Ageing and Social Policy
495
Perspectives from Europe
497
A North American Perspective
513
Australasian Perspectives
525
41CrossNational Trends in Work and Retirement
540
European Perspectives
551
43 Longterm Care in China and Japan
563
44 Ageing and Quality of Life in Europe
573
45 Later Life and Imprisonment
587
Growing Old in theCentury of the City
597
47 Technology and Older People
607
48 EndofLife Issues
618
The Second Generation
630
50 The Politics of Ageing
641
Author Index
653
Subject Index
675
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About the author (2010)

Dale Dannefer is the Selah Chamberlain Professor of Sociology and Chair Department of Sociology at Case Western University in Ohio.

Chris Phillipson is Professor of Applied Social Studies and Social Gerontology at Keele University.

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