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Key Concepts in Social Gerontology

Key Concepts in Social Gerontology

March 2010 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"I welcome this book's refreshing approach to developing an understanding of fifty major concepts being employed in social gerontology. Far from a dictionary, the concepts are portrayed as complex, and conflicting definitions and usages are both noted and evaluated. The joint UK-US authorship promotes a much needed international approach to the field—something all too lacking in most American textbooks and theoretical articles. Each article includes a (necessarily selective) set of references, and cross-references to other concepts included in the book. Readers might enjoy a 'follow the cross-reference' adventure, which will situate each concept in a set of related concepts at the same, a broader, or a narrower level. Moreover, the coverage and evaluation of the concepts is right at the current leading edge in a rapidly moving field."
—Victor Marshall, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Social gerontology is a new and dynamic field reflecting the increasing interest in aging across the world. This book provides a readily accessible guide to well established and contested issues, as well as new concepts emerging through cutting edge research in the discipline.

The entries give concise, lucid knowledge on what constitutes the 'building blocks' of social gerontology and sets out a clear review of the core concepts, both classic and emerging, in this subject area.

Each concept is explored in terms of its:

  • History
  • Application
  • Usefulness to theory and research
  • Significance in practice

They go beyond simple definition of the concepts to look at how each issue has shaped the discipline of social gerontology today.

This book is authored by social gerontologists from the UK and the USA. Together they present an interdisciplinary perspective and reflect a global approach to the presentation of key concepts in social gerontology.

Age Integration
Ageing in Place
Assisted Living
Biographical Approaches
Care Management
Civic Engagement
Convoy Theory
Cultural Ideals
Death and Dying
Elder Mistreatment/Abuse
Environmental Gerontology
Family Relations
Filial Responsibility
Global Ageing
Intergenerational Practice
Life-Course Perspective
Lifelong Learning
Long-Term Care
Palliative Care
Population Ageing
Quality of Life
Social Exclusion
Social Relations
Social Support
Social Theories of Ageing
Successful Ageing
Third and Fourth Ages
Triple Jeopardy

This book is an excellent resource which is easy to navigate through and will be a good edition to our learning resources.
It will be an excellent addition to our course

Mrs Shona Floyd
Health & Social Care, Peterborough Regional College
August 22, 2016

not adopted

Ms Dorothy O'Neil
career programs, Moraine Valley Cmty College
December 2, 2014

I love the 'key concepts' series and the Social Gerontology text is an excellent reference for new undergrads in gerontology. I use it in my introductory graduate class as well. Serves students well throughout their academic career.

Dr Pamela Brown
Communication & Sociology, University of Central Missouri
January 11, 2013

Very useful and interesting book. Topical and up to date issues relating to real world issues for the older person

Dr Susan Ashton
Faculty of Health and Applied Social Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University
March 16, 2011

Useful for those wishing to study gerontology in more detail

Mrs Michele Board
Nursing, Bournemouth University
November 22, 2010

excellent book

Dr Mary McDonnell/Naughton
Dept of Nursing & Health Science, Athlone Institute of Technology
September 24, 2010

This is a good book that covers many Gerontological topics. The material presented within each chapter is intended to lead others to further their reading and knowledge. The research presented is up to date and sound. Material is easy to read and is a course reader for a Health and Welbeing module: Growing Older, offered at the University of Winchester.

Mr Nick Purkis
Interprofessional Studies, Winchester University
September 16, 2010

clear contemporary and ideal for post and pre registrants for nursing and social work.
the key concepts are clearly addressed.

Mrs Karen Wild
Nursing , Keele University
September 14, 2010

Good background reading for nursing students considering care of the older person

Ms Sarah Lee
Department of Health & Human Sciences, Essex University
September 14, 2010

Material provides excellent grounding in topic

Mrs Karen Kinghorn
Social Policy, The University of Salford
September 7, 2010

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