Social Gerontology Today: An Introduction

Hardcover | January 29, 2003

byElizabeth W. Markson, Stephen J. Cutler

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This comprehensive text combines sound pedagogy with cutting-edge research issues. Coverage includes the major social, psychological, and biological perspectives on aging and old age. Rather than taking a purely problem-oriented focus, esteemed social gerontologist Elizabeth W. Marksonpresents both the positive and negative aspects of the aging process. Social Gerontology Today features: * A richly illustrated two-color text format. * A fresh, informal writing style that will engage and sustain student interest, blending facts with lived experiences of the phenomena. * Gender, race, ethnicity, social class, and birth cohort issues integrated throughout the text. * Current data and research to dispel myths about aging and later life. * Bridges the gap between the historical foundations of aging and the current political climate. * Policies and practices in other societies, providing students with a global perspective. * Afterword written by Stephen J. Cutler. The text is divided into four parts, each developing a major gerontological theme. Part I provides a definition and overview of the study of social gerontology--how it is studied, demographic and social characteristics of the elderly, and social theories about aging. Part II focuses on biologicaltheories of aging, personality and cognition, mental health, and illness. Part III examines family and social relationships, sexuality and intimacy, work, retirement, leisure, economic security, public policy, politics, elders in the health care system, death/dying, and bereavement. In Part IV,Stephen J. Cutler's Afterword spotlights aging trends for the future. At the end of each chapter, students will find the following resources: listings of readily available motion pictures on the particular topic discussed, a listing of relevant and reliable websites, research articles that explore topics in greater depth, and recommended supplemental readings.

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This comprehensive text combines sound pedagogy with cutting-edge research issues. Coverage includes the major social, psychological, and biological perspectives on aging and old age. Rather than taking a purely problem-oriented focus, esteemed social gerontologist Elizabeth W. Marksonpresents both the positive and negative aspects of ...

Elizabeth W. Markson is an Adjunct Professor of Sociology at Boston University.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:508 pages, 6.81 × 9.88 × 1.3 inPublished:January 29, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I: Understanding Aging as a Social ProcessChapter 1: The Emergence of GerontologyThe Social Construction of AgeGerontology as a Field of StudyResearch for Whom?Chapter 2: Doing Social Gerontology ResearchThe Logic of Scientific InquiryBuilding Blocks of ScienceTypes of Research StudiesBasic Statistics: Crunching the NumbersPutting It All Together: Steps in Gerontological ResearchChapter 3: Demography, Population, and Housing: The Elderly Today and TomorrowUnderstanding Population Changes and AgingThe Demographic TransitionCharacteristics of the Older PopulationLiving ArrangementsChapter 4: Social Perspectives on AgingWas There a "Golden Age" for the Elderly?Approaches to the Study of AgingTheoretical ShiftsPart II: Individuals and AgingChapter 5: Biological PerspectivesBiological Lifespan and Life ExpectancyPhysiological Changes and HealthIllness and RecoveryChapter 6: Personality and CognitionAdult SocializationSelf-Concept and Self-EsteemFoundational Models of Personality and DevelopmentThe Discovery of Midlife and BeyondLife Review in Late LifeThe Seasons of Life Lead to Anxiety and LossCognitionCognitive ChangesProcesses of "Successful Aging" RevisitedThe Search for New DirectionsChapter 7: Mental Health and Mental IllnessViews of Mental DisordersMental Disorders in Old AgeDementiaAlzheimer's DiseaseGeriatrics, Gerontology, and Mental HealthPart III: Aging in SocietyChapter 8: Family Relationships and Social BondsFamily Ties and PatternsThe Families of the Now-OldSocial SupportsChapter 9: Sexuality and IntimacySexual ScriptsStereotypes About SexualitySexual Activities and ResponsivenessSexual BehaviorLove and IntimacyChapter 10: Work, Retirement, and LeisureLabor Force ParticipationRetirementSources of Retirement Pensions: Social Security and Private PensionsLeisure and Retirement ActivitiesLabor Force Participation and Retirement in the FutureChapter 11: Economic Security, Public Policy, and PoliticsIncome and Expenditures in Later LifeExpenditures: Older People as ConsumersPoverty and the Distribution of Income in Later LifeThe Politics of AgingMajor Legislation Affecting Elders' Health and Economic Well-BeingA Tradition of Political EldersChapter 12: Elders in the Health Care SystemWho Pays for Health Care?Patterns of Health Care UtilizationLong-Term CareHealth Care Providers and the ElderlyChapter 13: Death, Dying, and BereavementTwentieth-Century Mortality TrendsIs There a "Right To Die"?Euthanasia and Assisted SuicideBereavement and GriefWidowhoodPart IV: AfterwordStephen J. Cutler: The Elderly of Tomorrow