Handbook of Theories of Aging, Second Edition by Dr. Vern L. Bengtson PhD, Daphna Gans PhD, Norella Putney

By Dr. Vern L. Bengtson PhD, Daphna Gans PhD, Norella Putney PhD, Merril Silverstein PhD

The box of gerontology has frequently been criticized for being "data-rich yet theory-poor." The editors of this e-book handle this factor through stressing the significance of conception in gerontology. whereas the former version desirous about multidisciplinary ways to getting older thought, this new version offers cross-disciplinary, integrative reasons of getting older concept: The participants of this article have reached past conventional disciplinary limitations to companion with researchers in adjoining fields in learning getting older and age-related phenomena.

This variation of the Handbook contains 39 chapters written via sixty seven the world over well-known specialists within the box of getting older. it truly is equipped in seven sections, reflecting the main theoretical advancements in gerontology during the last 10 years.
Special Features:

  • Comprehensive assurance of getting older conception, targeting the organic, mental, and social points of getting older
  • A part devoted to discussing how getting older idea informs public coverage
  • A concluding bankruptcy summarizing the key subject matters of getting older, and providing predictions concerning the way forward for concept improvement

Required examining for graduate scholars and publish doctoral fellows, this textbook represents the present prestige of theoretical improvement within the research of aging."

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The third cluster is state centered, discussing both the state itself and the policy outcomes. Hudson’s discussion illuminates how old-age policy has transformed the status of the aged in the United States from a vulnerable population defined by needs to an increasingly well-organized and well-off population. ” Following this line of thought, Hudson claims that the current debate over raising the age of eligibility to Social Security benefits is Chapter 1 Theories About Age and Aging more than just a practical matter.

Martin (chapter 10) takes us on a grand tour of the main currents of thought in the biology of aging, taking the perspective of a classical evolutionary theorist. In the traditional evolutionary formulation, maladaptive genes responsible for the declines associated with aging have escaped the force of natural selection either because they are expressed only after reproduction or because they are expressed early in life with positive functions, only to have deleterious effects later in life. Martin is particularly concerned with species-specific variations in the life span that are related to environmental exposures.

As individuals interact with one another, they often have to compromise and sometimes face constraints. In such an approach, therefore, agency or choice is viewed as embedded within structure. ” Welfare state policies and rational or individual choice should be seen not as competitors but rather as compensatory. While Walker uses critical gerontology to emphasize that agency is embedded within structure, Marshall (chapter 31) reaches a similar conclusion from a completely different theoretical direction—the life course perspective.

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