1st Edition

Current Debates in Aging and the Life Course
Public Policy

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ISBN 9780367897604
May 25, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
168 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Public policies are often narrowly focused and targeted legislative or regulatory guidelines. In Current Debates in Aging and the Life Course: Public Policy, the authors encourage others to systematically consider the influence of policies and programs on lives, aging, and the life course, and how the consequences may vary by race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability, and social class.

The volume aims to foster an appreciation of how policy influences connect and condition the life course. Essays examine issues relating to cumulative Dis/Advantage, crime and nutrition, amongst other issues, and demonstrate how the principles of the life-course perspective and cumulative inequality theory can be used to re-shape contemporary public policy debates.

Current Debates in Aging and the Life Course will be a great aid to students of sociology, social work, and, and public policy, as well as policy makers, think tanks, and lobbyists, who are concerned with age-based policy.

Table of Contents

Foreword   Jennifer Karas Montez  Preface  Janet M. Wilmoth and Andrew S. London  1. An Introduction to Life Course Perspectives on Public Policies  Janet M. Wilmoth and Andrew S. London  2. Process, Policy and Unintended Consequences: The Life Course Patterning of Cumulative (Dis)Advantage  Dale Dannefer and Chengming Han  3. Structural Sexism and Life Course Health: Implications for Public Policy  Patricia Homan  4. Wealth Policy as Health Policy: A Population Aging Perspective and Racial Equity Perspective  Courtney Boen  5. Understanding the Role of Housing Policy in Life-Course Health: HUD Rental Assistance and Health Outcomes for Children and Adults   Andrew Fenelon  6. U.S. Food and Nutrition Policy Across the Life Course  Colleen Heflin  7. Crime and Delinquency over the Life Course: Adolescence, Peers, and Policy  Jason P. Robey and Michael Massoglia  8. Immigration Policies and the Health of the Older Foreign-Born in the United States Zoya Gubernskaya  9. The Future of Long-term Care in the Latino Population: Where Will the Burden Fall?  Jacqueline L. Angel and Sunshine M. Rote  10. How Social Policies Affect Grandparent Care Work  Madonna Harrington Meyer and Amra Kandic  11. Social Policies for Older Workers  Debra Street and Áine Ní Léime

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Janet M. Wilmoth is professor of sociology at Syracuse University. She has authored over 50 publications that examine older adult migration, living arrangements, and health status, and explore how military service shapes various life-course outcomes.

Andrew S. London is Associate Dean and Professor of Sociology at Syracuse University’s s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. His areas of specialization are in medical sociology, demography, aging and the life course, families, poverty, and welfare.


Janet Wilmoth and Andrew London’s timely collection assembles an impressive cast of social scientists to illuminate how American policies and programs create, perpetuate, or otherwise seek to offset inequalities in distinct periods of life and across the life course. In making these processes more visible, the authors invite us to reimagine policies and programs and intervene into the social world in order to improve the health and well-being of individuals, families, and populations.

Richard A. Settersten, Jr., Barbara E. Knudson Endowed Chair and Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences, Oregon State University

Current Issues in Aging and the Life Course: Public Policy, edited by Janet Wilmoth and Andrew London, draws attention to the manifold ways life course research and policy can and should inform public policy. Its ten chapters cover rapidly growing societal problems and needs, coupled with markedly insufficient extant policy responses, across a wide range of domains, including food and nutrition, health, housing, and immigration. The selections highlight escalating requirements for innovative programs and policies directed to issues that arise throughout the life course, from juvenile delinquency to long-term care of the elderly and grandparent care work. This comprehensive, highly accessible and engaging collection is a must read for scholars of the life course and for social policy makers.

Jeylan Mortimer, Professor of Sociology, University of Minnesota

This volume is a fantastic intersection between policy, life course concepts, and leading edge theoretical and empirical research. It is both timely and accessible, and therefore highly valuable to a broad range of readers in multiple disciplines across both academic and applied contexts.

Miles G. Taylor, Professor of Sociology, Florida State University