Sociology of Aging A Social Problems Perspective

ISBN-10: 0205164684
ISBN-13: 9780205164684
Edition: 1st 1997
Authors: Duane A. Matcha
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List price: $209.00
Edition: 1st
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/29/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 278
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

This text examines the aging process from a sociological perspective rather than a multidisciplinary one. Utilizing a social problems approach, this text examines how aging is a social construct, rather than a specific chronological age or set of conditions, and how aging is a consequence of various social structural factors, rather than a cause.

Chapter Review, Glossary, Suggested Readings, and References follow each chapter
Growing Older: A Sociological Explanation
Aging: A Definition
The Definition of a Social Problem
The Importance of Research
Critical Connection: The Importance of History
Two Realities: Demography and Aging
The History of Aging
Aging in America: An Historical View
Aging Around the World
Future Prospects
Critical Connection: The Importance of Numbers
The View From the Tower: Theoretical Perspectives
Sociology and Social Theory
Sociological Frameworks
Gerontological Frameworks
Critical Connection: What We Believe is What We See
Society, Socialization, and Stereotypes
The Structure of Society
The Influence of Society
Stereotypes of Aging: A Consequence
Critical Connection: What We See is Socially Constructed
Family Relationships Among the Elderly
Family Relationships
The Formal and Informal Support System
Critical Connection: It's Who You Know That Counts
Aging in a Changing Economy
The World of Work
The Changing Job Market
Age Discrimination
The Meaning of Retirement
The World of Unemployment
Poverty
Critical Connection: What You Have Determines What You Get
Aging and Health Care
The Health of the Elderly
The Crisis of Health Care Coverage to the Elderly
The Future of Health Care for the Elderly
Critical Connection: If I Have My Health I Can Do Anything
Aging and the Political Process
Governmental Attitude and Action
Who Decides Who Governs
The Elderly in Politics
Aging and Powerful
Critical Connection: The Powerful Don't Change, They Just Get Older
Double Jeopardy/Triple Jeopardy
The Significance of Sex, Marital Status, Race and Ethnicity
Women and Aging
Feminism Among the Elderly
The Importance of Marital Status
The Feminization of Poverty Among the Elderly
Aging Among Minority Populations
Critical ConnectionsAgeism, Sexism, and RacismConditions for Discrimination
Living Arrangements
Migration
Location of the Elderly
Physical Settings
Independent Living Arrangements
Critical ConnectionIntegrated or Segregated Living ArrangementsDemocratic Ideals or Safety
Victims and Criminals
Victimizing the Elderly
The Elderly as Criminals
Critical Connection: Victimization is not Just Physical
Death and Dying
The Historical Context of Death and Dying
The Sociology of Death and Dying
Who Dies and How
Suicide and Euthanasia
The Institutionalization of Death
Critical Connection: There is More to Growing Older than Dying
A Reassessment: Aging in America
Growing Old in America: The Sociology of Aging
Intergenerational Relations
A Window of Opportunity for the FutureThe Importance of Social Policy
Critical Connection: Demographic Realities and the Power of Definition

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