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The SAGE Handbook of Social Gerontology
Dannefer, Dale and Chris Phillipson (Eds)
Sage Publications / Softcover / 2013-06-01 / 1446270475
Old Age Studies
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712 pages
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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.


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
AARP/University 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 congratualted on bringing together a distinguished group of authors on such an interesting number of relevant topics
Anthea Tinker
Journal of Aging & Society



The Study of the Life Course: Implications for Social Gerontology
Dale Dannefer and Richard A. Settersten, Jr.

Past as Prologue: Toward a Global History of Ageing
W. Andrew Achenbaum

The Economics of Ageing
James H. Schulz

Social Anthropology and Ageing
Christine L. Fry

The Demography of Ageing
Christina Victor

Epidemiology of Ageing
Dawn Alley and Eileen Crimmins

Disability and Ageing: The Social Construction of Causality
Jessica Kelley-Moore

Environmental Perspectives on Ageing
Hans-Werner Wahl and Frank Oswald


Age and Inequality in Global Context
Angela M. O'Rand, Katelin Isaacs, and Leslie Roth

Gender and Ageing in the Context of Globalization
Toni Calasanti

Ageing and Health among Hispanics/Latinos in the Americas
Kyriakos Markides, Jennifer Salinas, and Rebecca Wong

Religion and Age
Peter G. Coleman

Intergenerational Relationships of International Migrants in Developed Nations: The United States and France Merril Silverstein and Claudine Attias-Donfut

Family and Age in a Global Perspective
Ariela Lowenstein and Ruth Katz

Intergenerational Relations: Asian Perspectives
Leng Leng Thang

Societal Dynamics in Personal Networks
Theo van Tilburg and Fleur Thomése

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Ageing: Shattering Myths, Capturing Lives
Dana Rosenfeld

Friendship and Ageing
Graham Allan


Age, Self and Identity in the Global Century
Jon Hendricks

Social Structure, Cognition and Ageing
Duane F. Alwin

Stress and Agentic Ageing: A Targeted Adaptation Model Focused on Cancer
Eva Kahana and Boaz Kahana

Agency and Social Structure in Ageing and Life Course Research
Victor W. Marshall and Philippa J. Clarke

Age, Experience and the Beginning of Wisdom
Monika Ardelt

Loneliness and Ageing: Comparative Perspectives
Marja Jylhä and Marja Saarenheimo

Biosocial Interactions in the Construction of Late-life Health Status
Kathryn Z. Douthit and Andre Marquis

Dementia and Mild Cognitive Impairment in Social and Cultural Context
Danny George and Peter Whitehouse

Socio-cultural Perspectives on Ageing Bodies
Stephen Katz

Time and Ageing: Enduring and Emerging Issues
Jan Baars


Ageing and International Development
Peter Lloyd-Sherlock

Migration and Age
Tony Warnes

Global Ageing: Perspectives from Sub-Saharan Africa
Isabella Aboderin

Population Ageing and Old-age Insurance in China
Zeng Yi and Linda K. George

Ageing in a Global Context: the Asia-Pacific Region
David R Phillips, Alfred C.M. Chan, and Sheung-Tak Cheng

The Significance of Grandparents to Grandchildren: An International Perspective
Peter Uhlenberg and Michelle Cheuk

A Social View on Healthy Ageing: Multi-disciplinary Perspectives and Australian Evidence
H. Kendig and C. Browning

Social Dimensions of Anti-ageing Science and Medicine
Robert H. Binstock and Jennifer R. Fishman

The New Ageing Enterprise
Harry R. Moody


Social Policies for Ageing Societies: Perspectives from Europe
Thomas Scharf

Globalization, Social Policy and Ageing: A North American Perspective
Carroll L. Estes and Steven P. Wallace

Social Policies for Ageing Societies: Australasian Perspectives
Michael Fine and Sally Keeling

Cross-National Trends in Work and Retirement
Philip Taylor

Continuous and Long-term Care: European Perspectives
Caroline Glendinning

Long-term Care in China and Japan
Yun Zhou and Yuzhi Liu

Ageing and Quality of Life in Europe
Alan Walker

Later Life and Imprisonment
Azrini Wahidin and Ronald H. Aday

Ageing and Urban Society: Growing Old in the 'Century of the City'
Chris Phillipson

Technology and Older People
Claudine McCreadie

End-of-Life Issues
Liz Lloyd

Ethics and Old Age: The Second Generation
Martha Holstein

The Politics of Ageing
Susan A. MacManus with the assistance of Andrea L. Polk and David J. Bonanza

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