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The SAGE Handbook of Social Gerontology

The SAGE Handbook of Social Gerontology

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September 2010 | 712 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The subject matter of this Handbook deals with one of the most challenging issues for societies in the 21st Century, namely, the social, economic and cultural changes associated with individual ageing and the rapidly growing reality of the ageing of human populations. The SAGE Handbook of Social Gerontology provides a comprehensive overview of key trends and issues in the field of ageing, drawing upon the full range of social science disciplines. The volume reflects the emergence of ageing as a global concern, drawing upon international scholars from Asia, Australasia, Europe and North America.

The book 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: topics include social inequality, gender, religion, inter-generational ties, social networks, and friendships in later life.

· Individual characteristics and change in later life: examining different aspects of individual aging, including self and identity, cognitive processes, and biosocial 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: topics include: developments in social policy, long-term care, technology and older people, end of life issues, work and retirement, crime and older people, and the politics of old age.

It 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.

Dale Dannefer and Richard A. Settersten, Jr.
The Study of the Life Course: Implications for Social Gerontology
W. Andrew Achenbaum
Past as Prologue: Toward a Global History of Ageing
James H. Schulz
The Economics of Ageing
Christine L. Fry
Social Anthropology and Ageing
Christina Victor
The Demography of Ageing
Dawn Alley and Eileen Crimmins
Epidemiology of Ageing
Jessica Kelley-Moore
Disability and Ageing: The Social Construction of Causality
Hans-Werner Wahl and Frank Oswald
Environmental Perspectives on Ageing
Angela M. O'Rand, Katelin Isaacs, and Leslie Roth
Age and Inequality in Global Context
Toni Calasanti
Gender and Ageing in the Context of Globalization
Kyriakos Markides, Jennifer Salinas, and Rebecca Wong
Ageing and Health among Hispanics/Latinos in the Americas
Peter G. Coleman
Religion and Age
Merril Silverstein and Claudine Attias-Donfut
Intergenerational Relationships of International Migrants in Developed Nations: The United States and France
Ariela Lowenstein and Ruth Katz
Family and Age in a Global Perspective
Leng Leng Thang
Intergenerational Relations: Asian Perspectives
Theo van Tilburg and Fleur Thomése
Societal Dynamics in Personal Networks
Dana Rosenfeld
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Ageing: Shattering Myths, Capturing Lives
Graham Allan
Friendship and Ageing
Jon Hendricks
Age, Self and Identity in the Global Century
Duane F. Alwin
Social Structure, Cognition and Ageing
Eva Kahana and Boaz Kahana
Stress and Agentic Ageing: A Targeted Adaptation Model Focused on Cancer
Victor W. Marshall and Philippa J. Clarke
Agency and Social Structure in Ageing and Life Course Research
Monika Ardelt
Age, Experience and the Beginning of Wisdom
Marja Jylhä and Marja Saarenheimo
Loneliness and Ageing: Comparative Perspectives
Kathryn Z. Douthit and Andre Marquis
Biosocial Interactions in the Construction of Late-life Health Status
Danny George and Peter Whitehouse
Dementia and Mild Cognitive Impairment in Social and Cultural Context
Stephen Katz
Socio-cultural Perspectives on Ageing Bodies
Jan Baars
Time and Ageing: Enduring and Emerging Issues
Peter Lloyd-Sherlock
Ageing and International Development
Tony Warnes
Migration and Age
Isabella Aboderin
Global Ageing: Perspectives from Sub-Saharan Africa
Zeng Yi and Linda K. George
Population Ageing and Old-age Insurance in China
David R Phillips, Alfred C.M. Chan, and Sheung-Tak Cheng
Ageing in a Global Context: the Asia-Pacific Region
Peter Uhlenberg and Michelle Cheuk
The Significance of Grandparents to Grandchildren: An International Perspective
H. Kendig and C. Browning
A Social View on Healthy Ageing: Multi-disciplinary Perspectives and Australian Evidence
Robert H. Binstock and Jennifer R. Fishman
Social Dimensions of Anti-ageing Science and Medicine
Harry R. Moody
The New Ageing Enterprise
Thomas Scharf
Social Policies for Ageing Societies: Perspectives from Europe
Carroll L. Estes and Steven P. Wallace
Globalization, Social Policy and Ageing: A North American Perspective
Michael Fine and Sally Keeling
Social Policies for Ageing Societies: Australasian Perspectives
Philip Taylor
Cross-National Trends in Work and Retirement
Caroline Glendinning
Continuous and Long-term Care: European Perspectives
Yun Zhou and Yuzhi Liu
Long-term Care in China and Japan
Alan Walker
Ageing and Quality of Life in Europe
Azrini Wahidin and Ronald H. Aday
Later Life and Imprisonment
Chris Phillipson
Ageing and Urban Society: Growing Old in the 'Century of the City'
Claudine McCreadie
Technology and Older People
Liz Lloyd
End-of-Life Issues
Martha Holstein
Ethics and Old Age: The Second Generation
Susan A. MacManus with the assistance of Andrea L. Polk and David J. Bonanza
The Politics of Ageing

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 handbook is an impressive testimony to the vibrancy of social gerontology today. It documents the growing range of themes and disciplinary approaches in the study of societal aging. The two editors – one American, one European – have used their experience and reputation to assemble an outstanding cast of contributors who address the issues of aging societies in a truly global perspective.

Martin Kohli
Department of Social and Political Sciences, European University Institute

Not only are the topics in this volume multidisciplinary but also the authors of the chapters come from all over the world and are acknowledged experts... All in all this is a very useful new contribution to the literature, and the editors are to be congratulated on bringing together a distinguished group of authors on such an interesting number of relevant topics.

Anthea Tinker
Journal of Aging & Society

Provides a comprehensive overview and reflection of pivotal issues associated with the emergence of global ageing societies.

Ms Clair Rees
Health, Social and Childcare, Neath Port Talbot College
January 17, 2020

This book is an excellent resource.
It will allow the students to gain an insight into how the population is aging not just in the UK but in societies around the world.
There is lots of relevant information and areas which can be used as stepping stones into further research.

Mrs Shona Floyd
Health & Social Care, Peterborough Regional College
June 17, 2016

A very readable text that should be useful to students and researchers alike. It provides an introduction to a range of key topics in social gerontology. The section on Ageing and Individual Change was of particular interest to sports students looking for an introduction to this salient area. The issues are dealt with informatively and with insights that help place ageing within a global and increasingly important context.

Dr Mark Hickman
School of Sport, Tourism and The Outdoors, University of Central Lancashire
January 18, 2016

The book - the perfect complement for working with students.
We discover new approaches and new ideas.

Mr Edmundas Vaitiekus
Department of Social Welfare, Utena College
May 19, 2015

This is an excellent handbook of social gerontology today. It is very comprehensive and covers a range of topics.It represents multidisciplinary approaches and is well written.

Mrs Emma Richards
Department of Psychology, Swansea University
February 3, 2015

An essential read for MSc students studying gerontology.

Mrs Emma Richards
Department of Psychology, Swansea University
February 3, 2016

Great overview and 'dip-in' book

Dr Paul Nash
Centre for Innovative Ageing, Swansea University
June 19, 2014

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