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Key Concepts in Social Gerontology



March 2010 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"Far from a dictionary, the concepts are portrayed as complex, and conflicting definitions and usages are both noted and evaluated... Each article includes a (necessarily selective) set of references, and cross-references to other concepts included in the book... Moreover, the coverage and evaluation of the concepts is right at the current leading edge in a rapidly moving field."
- Victor Marshall, Department of Sociology and Institute on Aging, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 "The concepts are very clear and very relevant, and fantastic for my group of undergraduate students... I found each concept to be succinctly and simply captured, holding enough information to satisfy initial cravings and complex enough to tempt further reading... I had originally thought that this book would provide supplementary reading as part of my 'Healthy Ageing' course, but have changed my mind to essential reading now I have had the opportunity to read the entire book."
- Dr Meredith Tavener, Groningen University 

Social gerontology is a new and dynamic field reflecting the increasing interest in ageing across the world. This book provides a readily accessible guide to well established and contested issues, as well as new concepts emerging through cutting edge research in the discipline.  

The entries give concise, lucid knowledge on what constitutes the 'building blocks' of social gerontology and sets out a clear review of the core concepts, both classic and emerging, in this subject area. Each concept is explored in terms of its history, application, usefulness to theory and research, and significance in practice. They go beyond simple definitions of the concepts to look at how each issue has shaped the discipline of social gerontology today.

This book is authored by social gerontologists from the UK and the USA. Together they present an interdisciplinary perspective and reflect a global approach to the presentation of key concepts in social gerontology.
 
Introduction
 
Advocacy
 
Age Integration
 
Ageing
 
Ageing in Place
 
Ageism
 
Ambivalence
 
Assisted Living
 
Bereavement
 
Biographical Approaches
 
Care
 
Care Management
 
Civic Engagement
 
Cohort
 
Convoy Theory
 
Cultural Ideals
 
Death and Dying
 
Dementia
 
Disability
 
Elder Mistreatment/Abuse
 
Environmental Gerontology
 
Ethnicity
 
Euthanasia
 
Family Relations
 
Filial Responsibility
 
Frailty
 
Gender
 
Generations
 
Gerontology
 
Global Ageing
 
Housing
 
Independence
 
Intergenerational Practice
 
Life-Course Perspective
 
Lifelong Learning
 
Loneliness
 
Long-Term Care
 
Longevity
 
Palliative Care
 
Pensions
 
Population Ageing
 
Quality of Life
 
Religion/Spirituality
 
Retirement
 
Social Exclusion
 
Social Relations
 
Social Support
 
Social Theories of Ageing
 
Successful Ageing
 
Third and Fourth Ages
 
Triple Jeopardy

I welcome this book’s refreshing approach to developing an understanding of fifty major concepts being employed in social gerontology. Far from a dictionary, the concepts are portrayed as complex, and conflicting definitions and usages are both noted and evaluated. The joint UK-US authorship promotes a much needed international approach to the field—something all too lacking in most American textbooks and theoretical articles. Each article includes a (necessarily selective) set of references, and cross-references to other concepts included in the book. Readers might enjoy a ‘follow the cross-reference’ adventure, which will situate each concept in a set of related concepts at the same, a broader, or a narrower level. Moreover, the coverage and evaluation of the concepts is right at the current leading edge in a rapidly moving field.

Victor Marshall
Dept. of Sociology and Institute on Aging, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

This book is an excellent resource which is easy to navigate through and will be a good edition to our learning resources.
It will be an excellent addition to our course

Mrs Shona Floyd
Health & Social Care, Peterborough Regional College
August 8, 2016

not adopted

Ms Dorothy O'Neil
career programs, Moraine Valley Cmty College
December 2, 2014

I love the 'key concepts' series and the Social Gerontology text is an excellent reference for new undergrads in gerontology. I use it in my introductory graduate class as well. Serves students well throughout their academic career.

Dr Pamela Brown
Communication & Sociology, University of Central Missouri
January 11, 2013

Very useful and interesting book. Topical and up to date issues relating to real world issues for the older person

Dr Susan Ashton
Faculty of Health and Applied Social Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University
March 16, 2011

Useful for those wishing to study gerontology in more detail

Mrs Michele Board
Nursing, Bournemouth University
November 22, 2010

excellent book

Dr Mary McDonnell/Naughton
Dept of Nursing & Health Science, Athlone Institute of Technology
September 24, 2010

This is a good book that covers many Gerontological topics. The material presented within each chapter is intended to lead others to further their reading and knowledge. The research presented is up to date and sound. Material is easy to read and is a course reader for a Health and Welbeing module: Growing Older, offered at the University of Winchester.

Mr Nick Purkis
Interprofessional Studies, Winchester University
September 16, 2010

clear contemporary and ideal for post and pre registrants for nursing and social work.
the key concepts are clearly addressed.

Mrs Karen Wild
Nursing , Keele University
September 14, 2010

Good background reading for nursing students considering care of the older person

Ms Sarah Lee
Department of Health & Human Sciences, Essex University
September 14, 2010

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Introduction

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Judith E Phillips

Judith Phillips is Professor of Gerontology at Swansea University and director of the Older People and Ageing Research and Development Network in Wales (OPAN Cymru). Judith is a qualified social worker and has worked in statutory residential and field settings, specialising in work with older adults. Following a geography degree at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, Judith went on to study at Stockholm University, Jesus College Oxford and UEA, Norwich, where she worked as a researcher and a lecturer before joining the Centre for Social Gerontology at the University of Keele in 1993. She returned to Wales in 2004 to set up the... More About Author

Kristine J Ajrouch

Dr. Ajrouch is an Adjunct Associate Research Professor in the Life Course Development Program. Her research interests include matters of social relations and aging, with emphasis on gender, race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status. She recently completed a study, funded by the National Institute of Aging, which examined issues of social relations and health among Arab American elders. More About Author

Sarah Hillcoat-Nalletamby

Dr Sarah Hillcoat-Nalletamby is Professor of Public Health and Policy Studies at Swansea University.  More About Author

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