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Key Concepts in Social Gerontology
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Key Concepts in Social Gerontology



© 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.

 
Introduction
 
Advocacy
 
Age Integration
 
Ageing
 
Ageing in Place
 
Ageism
 
Ambivalence
 
Assisted Living
 
Bereavement
 
Biographical Approaches
 
Care
 
Care Management
 
Civic Engagement
 
Cohort
 
Convoy Theory
 
Cultural Ideals
 
Death and Dying
 
Dementia
 
Disability
 
Elder Mistreatment/Abuse
 
Environmental Gerontology
 
Ethnicity
 
Euthanasia
 
Family Relations
 
Filial Responsibility
 
Frailty
 
Gender
 
Generations
 
Gerontology
 
Global Ageing
 
Housing
 
Independence
 
Intergenerational Practice
 
Life-Course Perspective
 
Lifelong Learning
 
Loneliness
 
Long-Term Care
 
Longevity
 
Palliative Care
 
Pensions
 
Population Ageing
 
Quality of Life
 
Religion/Spirituality
 
Retirement
 
Social Exclusion
 
Social Relations
 
Social Support
 
Social Theories of Ageing
 
Successful Ageing
 
Third and Fourth Ages
 
Triple Jeopardy

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
Dept. of Sociology and Institute on Aging, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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 8, 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

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