Sociological Perspectives on Aging

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byLaura Funk

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Series: a href="http://www.oupcanada.com/tcs/"Themes in Canadian Sociology/aThis concise introduction to the study of aging challenges students to think critically about key topics in the field such as the aging of populations in Canada and around the world, the status of aging peoples and ageism, and the social participation of older adults.

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Series: a href="http://www.oupcanada.com/tcs/"Themes in Canadian Sociology/aThis concise introduction to the study of aging challenges students to think critically about key topics in the field such as the aging of populations in Canada and around the world, the status of aging peoples and ageism, and the social participation of older ...

Laura Funk is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Manitoba. Prior to this, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research at the University of Victoria. She is a research affiliate with the Centre on Aging at both the University of Manitoba and University ...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.49 inPublished:August 11, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Note: Every chapter includes:- Learning Objectives- Introduction- Conclusion- Questions for Critical Thought- Suggested Readings- Suggested Websites1. Choices and Constraints in Aging: Theoretical Approaches and Sociological ContributionsA Sociological Perspective: Examining Social Structure and AgingInequality, Stratification, and Exclusion in the Sociological Study of AgingAn Overview of Dominant Theoretical Positions in SociologyThe Effects of Societal Industrialization: Theories of Disengagement, Exchange and Modernization- The Disengagement of Older Adults- Exchange Theory and Aging- Modernization and the Status of Older PersonsIncreasing Attention to Time and Social Context: Generation and Cohort, Age Stratifiction, and the Life Course Perspective- Age Stratification Theory- Life Course PerspectiveSocial ConstructionismPolitical Economy, Feminism and Critical GerontologyAging in Postmodern Society2. Population Aging, Ageism, and Intergenerational RelationsPopulation Aging in Demographic, Global and Historical perspectiveThe Concept of Apocalyptic Demography and Myths of Population AgingConceptualizing AgeismSociological Perspectives to Explaining Ageism in Canadian Society- Social Psychological Theories of Socialization- Modernization Theory and Social Change- Critical Gerontology and Political EconomyFrom Ageism to Age RelationsIntergenerational Relations: From Families to Cohorts and Generations3. The Aging Body, Biomedicalization, and Life ExtensionCultural Ageism, Individual Body Image, and Beauty WorkEmbodiment and Aging: Toward a Postmodern Understanding of BodiesEmbodiment and Aging: Contributions of Symbolic InteractionismThe Biomedicalization of Aging as a DiseaseLife Extension: A Sociological Perspective- The "Anti-Aging" Movement- Societal Implications of Prolongevity4. Health Systems and Care for Older PersonsThe Social Determinants of HealthThe Canadian Health Care System: BackgrounderSelf, Informal and Formal Care: DistinctionsHome Care in Canada- Experiences: Older Persons, Their Families, and Paid Care ProvidersResidential Care in Canada- Experiences: Older Persons, Their Families, and Paid Care ProvidersVoluntary Providers of Care for Older Persons5. The Economic Security of Older Persons in a Changing WorldCanada's Retirement Income SystemOlder WorkersRetirement as a Social Institution: Changes over TimeRetirement Timing DecisionsDiversity and Flexibility in Retirement: Destandardization of the Life CourseFinancial Security in Old Age and RetirementEconomic Insecurity: Older Groups at RiskEconomic Security Across the Life Course: Examining Income Inequality in Older Cohorts6. Beyond Participation: The Social Inclusion of Older AdultsSocial Participation and Well-BeingAge, Social Participation, and IntegrationBarriers to Participation: A Focus on Social Inclusion- Exclusion from Meaningful Social Relations- Exclusion from Material Resources- Exclusion from Civic Activities or Civil Society (Including Political Engagement)- Exclusion from Basic Services- Geographic or Spatial Exclusion- Cultural Exclusion- The Social Exclusion of Gay and Lesbian Older Adults- The Social Exclusion of Older ImmigrantsInterventions and Broader Solutions7. The Family Lives of Older Persons: Implications of ChangeSources and Types of Family ChangeEmerging Trends in Late-Life Family and Intimate Relationships- Late-Life Stepfamilies- Living Apart Together Relationships- Long-Distance and Transnational Older FamiliesExchanges of Support to and from Older Persons in Families- Grandparenting- Older Persons' Needs for Family Support: Root Factors- Family Support for Older Persons: Myths about the Past and Present- Families' Capacities to Support Older Persons: Root Factors and Implications- Changing Expectations of Family Responsibility?8. Emerging and Salient Topics in the Sociology of AgingIndigenous EldersSocial Change and Aging- Globalization and Social Change- Aging and Human RightsIndividual Agency and the Sociology of AgingSpotlight on Sociological Research on Aging in Canada

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"I appreciate how this book identifies evidence-based approaches for improving the lives of older adults through policy and practice." --Nancy-Angel Doetzel, Mount Royal University