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Understanding Aging and Diversity

Theories and Concepts, 1st Edition

By Patricia Kolb


208 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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The demographic phenomena of increased life expectancy, increasing global population of older adults, and a larger number of older people as a proportion of the total population in nations throughout the world will affect our lives and the life of each person we know. The changes will result in challenges and benefits for societies and people of all ages. These events need to be understood, explained, and their consequences addressed; sociological theories about aging are an essential part of this process.

In Understanding Aging and Diversity: Theories and Concepts, Patricia Kolb presents important sociological theories and concepts for understanding experiences of older people and their families in a rapidly changing world. She explores concepts from phenomenology, critical theory, feminist theory, life course theory and gerotranscendence theory to explain important issues in the lives of older people. This book investigates similarities and differences in aging experiences, focusing in particular on the effects of inequality. Kolb examines the relationship of ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation and social class to international aging experiences.

This book explores the relationships between older people and social systems in different ways, and informs thinking about policy development and other strategies for enhancing the wellbeing of older adults. It will be useful for students and scholars of sociology, gerontology, social work, anthropology, economics, demography and global studies.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Development of Gerontology and Sociological Theories of Aging 3. Phenomenological Gerontology 4. Critical Gerontology 5. Feminist Gerontology 6. Life Course Gerontology 7. Gerotranscendence 8. Theory, Diversity, and Policy 9. Conclusion. Bibliography

About the Author

Patricia Kolb is Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work at Lehman College, City University of New York.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Sociology

This series presents cutting-edge developments and debates within the field of sociology. It provides a broad range of case studies and the latest theoretical perspectives, while covering a variety of topics, theories and issues from around the world. It is not confined to any particular school of thought.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Ethics
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gerontology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General