By Barry D. McPherson, Andrew Wister

Aaging as a social processging as a Social Process is the most comprehensive and up-to-date survey of the topic on the topic in Canada. Employing a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches, it explains why aging is not just a biological process but also a complex social one. Each chapter in the fifth edition has been rewritten and updated to include 2006 Census data. Aging as a Social Process is a synthesis and interpretation of social science research and census data concerning individual and population aging. Throughout, the emphasis is on identifying, describing, and explaining patterns, processes, and current issues associated with individual population aging, rather than on describing programs or providing prescriptions to assist older persons. This approach enables students and practitioners to acquire basic knowledge about older adults and to develop an understanding of aging processes that people may experience throughout the life course.

Readership : Second- or third-year level course on the sociology of aging.


Table of Contents:


PART I: An Introduction to Individual and Population Aging

  1. Aging as a Social Process
  2. Historical and Cultural Perspectives on Aging
  3. Individual Aging: Continuity and Change across the Life Course
  4. Population Aging: A Demographic and Geographic Perspective

PART II: The Social, Environmental and Health Contexts of Aging

  1. Understanding Older People and Aging Processes Through Theory and Research
  2. Social Structures and the Life Course: Social Inequality and Social Change
  3. Health Status Transitions and Health Care Systems
  4. The Lived Environment: Community and Housing Alternatives in Later Life

PART III: Aging, Social Institutions and Public Policy

  1. Family Ties, Relationships, and Transitions
  2. Work, Retirement, and Economic Security
  3. Social Networks and Social Participation in Later Life
  4. Social and Health Policy for an Aging Population


Appendix: Internet Study Resources


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