This book provides deeper understanding of the aging process, of the likely differences between the lives of past and future generations, and of the potential for optimizing these future lives from cross-cultural and cross-temporal perspectives.
Introduction: Life-Course Perspectives 1. Aging and Social Change 2. Generation and Age in Cross-Cultural Perspective 3. The Life Course as a Cultural Unit 4. Some Consequences of Age Inequality in Nonindustrial Societies 5. Subgroup Variations in Early Life Transitions 6. "Aged Servants of the Lord": Changes in the Status and Treatment of Elderly Ministers in Colonial America 7. Families and Early Industrialization: Cycle, Structure, and Economy 8. Socioeconomic Careers in the Context of Radical Social Change: Evidence from Hungary 9. The Lengthening of Retirement 10. Social Indicators of Aging 11. Perspectives on Changing Age Systems