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By Leslie A. Morgan PhD, Suzanne R. Kunkel PhD

ISBN-10: 0826102123

ISBN-13: 9780826102126

Because the getting older inhabitants grows ever greater it's more and more vital to appreciate how adults age and what could be performed to supply updated care to make sure their health as an essential component of society. Leslie Morgan and Suzanne Kunkel remember the fact that this phenomenon is set even more than simply the actual or organic features of growing older and feature prepare a finished textual content at the impression of society and sociology at the getting older and getting older approach. this article will be used to discover the variety of the getting older inhabitants and crack the main stereotypes surrounding the aged, know about getting older via all of the layers of social context from family members existence to politics and economics, and are available to determine how getting older is greater than simply someone technique, it’s a technique that informs the path of our society.

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This latter course requires some speculation, but we decided it would be more challenging and interesting and might inspire some readers to fill in the gaps in our understanding of aging. In the chapters that follow, we delve more deeply into the social aspects of aging at both the micro and macro levels, focusing on the changing face of later life within the dynamic context of the social world. Since aging is reshaping the future for us all, we expect you will find compelling issues for yourself, your family, and for the larger society.

For this and other reasons, interest in the theory soon waned, and researchers looked to other theories that provided more productive avenues for advancing knowledge. 1. Theory can be research-driven (Campbell & O’Rand, 1985), just as research is often theory-driven. Theory can even arise from research, as in the case of grounded theory (Glaser & Strauss, 1967). The link between research and theory is further discussed later in this chapter when we present qualitative and quantitative approaches to understanding our social world.

For the purposes of this book, we focus on two major categories of race, and Hispanic or Latino for ethnicity. We use Black and White for much of the race data and Hispanic/ non-Hispanic in the discussion of ethnicity. Studying diversity can take one of two directions. We can compare groups to try to understand their different experiences of aging. A fair amount of research takes this approach, and some of it is referred to in later chapters. This is a useful but limited approach. The disadvantage of the “comparison” model for studying diversity is that there is always a reference group to whom everyone else is compared.

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