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Key Concepts in Social Gerontology

by Judith Phillips, Kristine Ajrouch and Sarah Hillcoat-Nalletamby SAGE Publications Ltd
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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
• Significance in practice

They go beyond simple definition 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.

AUDIENCE: Undergraduate and postgraduate students of social gerontology, ageing studies, dementia studies, health and social care with a focus on the elderly, social work and social policy.

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.
Judith Phillips is Professor of Gerontology and Social Work at Swansea University, Wales

Kristine Ajrouch is Associate Professor of Sociology at Eastern Michigan University

Sarah Hillcoat-Nallétamby is Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at Swansea University, Wales