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Social Forces and Aging

ISBN-10: 0534536948

ISBN-13: 9780534536947

Edition: 10th 2004 (Revised)

Authors: Robert C. Atchley, Amanda S. Barusch

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Atchley and Barusch's interdisciplinary approach has produced a text that provides the concepts, information, insight, and examples students need to achieve a basic understanding of aging as a social process. Covering the physical problems, inner experiences, and instrumental needs of the aging, the text examines aging on both an individual and societal level. It covers major areas of theory, research, social policy, and practice in a clear and organized manner to make social gerontology accessible to students from all backgrounds. This text is the classic book for the course that continually keeps pace with the dramatic changes in the field, including new theories, research, programs, and issues. Atchley and Barusch first examine individual aging-and adaptation to aging in everyday life, then move on to explore the needs and demands that aging, as a phenomenon, presents to society, while also delving into society's response to aging.
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Book details

List price: $261.95
Edition: 10th
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 7/21/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 624
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.486
Language: English

Setting The Stage
The Scope of Social Gerontology
What is Gerontology? What is Human Aging? Defining the Aging and the Older Populations
Social Gerontology is a Unique Field of Study
Social Policy Issues
Professional Practice
Careers in the Field of Aging
Summary
The Demography of Aging
Measuring Age Structure
Growth of the older Population
Composition of the Older Population
Geographic Distribution of the Older Population
Living Arrangements
Population Processes and the Older Population
Summary
The History of Aging in America
Modernization Theory
Aging in Colonial America
From the Revolution to the Civil War, The Beginning of Industrialization
Civil War to 1900 19 00 to 1929 The Great Depression
1942 to 1965 1965 to 1980 The 1980's
Modernization
Theory Revisited
Summary
Basic Aspects of Individual Aging
Physical Aging
Why We Grow Older
Physical Consequences of Aging
Summary
Psychological Aspects of Aging
Aging and Specific Psychological Functions
Adult Development: Personality, Self , and Life Structure
Mental Disorders
Summary
Social Aspects of Individual Aging
Defining Social Aging, Social Roles
The Cultural Life Course
Socialization and Acculturation
Role Anticipation and Adaptation
Social Factors in Individual Development
Aging and Changes in Social Context
Lifestyles
Summary
Personal Adaptation to Aging
What is Adaptation? General Ways to Adapt
Specific Adaptations
Escape Rather Than Adaptation
Effective Adaptation
Summary
Aging in Domains of Everyday Life
Family, Friends, and Social Support
Types of Bonding
Family
Friends
Social Support
Summary
Employment and Retirement
Midlife Career Changes
Employment Problems of Older Workers
Bridges to Retirement
Retirement
The Retirement Process
Effects of Retirements on Individuals
Summary
Activities and Lifestyles
Concepts About Activities
Activities in Middle Adulthood
Aging and Changes in Activities
Spheres of Activity
What Activities are Desirable for Older People? Summary
Religion and Spirituality
Concepts and Language
Organized Religion
Attending Religious Services
Informal Religious Behavior
Subjective Elements of Religion and Spirituality
Conceptions for Spiritual Development
Effects of Religion and Spirituality
Research Issues
Summary
Dying, Death, Bereavement, and Widowhood
Defining Death
Dealing with Dying
Bereavement
Death of a Spouse
Summary
Aging Affects Needs and Resources
Income and Housing
Income
Housing
Summary
Health and Long-Term Care
Health Care, Health Care Needs
Long-Term Care, Regulation of Health and Long-Term Care
Summary
Community Social Services
Community Facilities That Serve Older People
Services
The Organization and Financing of Social Services
Summary
Aging and Society
Aging in Contemporary America Society and Culture
The Nature of Society and Culture
Ideas About Aging
Language
Age Prejudice an d Discrimination
Societal Disengagement
Age Stratification
Ethics
Law, and Aging
Summary
Social Inequality
Social Class
Dimensions of Disadvantage
Race
Ethnicity
Gender
Multiple Jeopardy
Summary
The Economy
Economic Ideology
Economic Structure
The Economic Functions of Retirement
The Economics of Retirement Income
Retirement Income in the Future
Private Enterprise and the Aging Problem
Aging People as Consumers
Economic Exploitation of Elders
Summary
Politics and Government
Overview
Political Activity
Political Influence
Government Response to Issues Concerning Aging
Making Policy
Summary
Epilogue: Aging and the Future
Directions of Social Change
Demographic clues to the future
The Future of Psychological Aging
The Future of Social Aging
Society's Futures Response
The Future of Social Gerontology
Summary
Glossary
Bibliography
Index