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Aging and the Life Course: An Introduction to Social Gerontology

© 2014
by Jill Quadagno

6th Edition Active, In-Print 512 Pages Hardcover
9780078026850 0078026857

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

New to this Edition

New emphasis on qualitative research

New information on elderly immigrants

More information on aging gays and lesbians

Updated incorporation of timely issues and the most recent statistics ensure that the material is relevant to current students.

Correlation Guide:


This convenient guide matches the issues in Annual Editions: Aging 13/14 with the corresponding chapters in two of our best-selling McGraw-Hill Aging textbooks by Quadagno and Ferrini/Ferrini.

Correlation Guide:


This convenient guide matches the articles in Annual Editions: Aging, 27/e with the corresponding chapters in one of our best-selling McGraw-Hill Aging textbooks by Quadagno.

Retained Features

Takes a life course perspective when considering the aging experience

?In Their Own Words? boxed features

?Aging Around the World?

Provides a contemporary approach to the study of aging, emphasizing the life course perspective: quality of life in old age is shaped by previous life experiences, challenges and opportunities.

What you need, where you need it.

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