Jill Quadagno’s groundbreaking text Aging and the Life Course examines the relationship between quality of life in old age and its experiential catalysts. Throughout the text an emphasis is placed on the intersectionality of race, class, gender, and culture, and how these classifications affect quality of life. Students will come away with a broad background for understanding crucial and current policy debates.
Part One: Defining the Field
Chapter 1. The Field of Social Gerontology
Chapter 2. Life Course Transitions
Chapter 3. Theories of Aging
Chapter 4. Demography of Aging
Part Two: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Aging
Chapter 5. Old Age and the Welfare State
Chapter 6. Biological Perspectives on Aging
Chapter 7. Psychological Perspectives on Aging
Part Three: Social Aspects of Aging
Chapter 8. Family Relationships and Social Support Systems
Chapter 9. Living Arrangements
Chapter 10. Work and Retirement
Part Four: Health Aspects of Later Life
Chapter 11. Health and Health Care
Chapter 12. Caring for the Frail Elderly
Chapter 13. Death, Dying and Bereavement
Part Five: Aging and Society
Chapter 14. The Economics of Aging
Chapter 15. Poverty and Inequality
Chapter 16. The Politics of Aging
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