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Perspectives on the Future of the Sociology of Aging

"Perspectives on the Future of the Sociology of Aging" ed. by Linda J. Waite
Panel on New Directions in Social Demography, Social Epidemiology, and the Sociology of Aging; Committee on Population; Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education; National Research Council
NAS Press | 2012 | ISBN: 0309262453 9780309262453 | 201 pages | PDF | 5 MB


This report evaluates the recent contributions of social demography, social epidemiology, and sociology to the study of aging and seeks to identify promising new research in these fields. Report provides candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making the final published volume as sound as possible and to ensure that the volume meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge.

To deal effectively with the challenges created by population aging, it is vital to first understand these demographic, economic, and social changes and, to the extent possible, their causes, consequences, and implications. Sociology offers a knowledge base, a number of useful analytic approaches and tools, and unique theoretical perspectives that can be important aids to this task.

Contents
1 Introduction and Overview
2 The New Realities of Aging: Social and Economic Contexts
3 Research Opportunities in the Demography of Aging
4 Networks, Neighborhoods, and Institutions: An Integrated "Activity Space" Approach for Research on Aging
5 Constrained Choices: The Shifting Institutional Contexts of Aging and the Life Course
6 Opportunities and Challenges in the Study of Biosocial Dynamics in Healthy Aging
7 The Loyal Opposition: A Commentary on "Opportunities and Challenges in the Study of Biosocial Dynamics in Healthy Aging"
8 Social Genomics and the Life Course: Opportunities and Challenges for Multilevel Population Research
9 The Challenge of Social Genomics: A Commentary on "Social Genomics and the Life Course: Opportunities and Challenges for Multilevel Population Research"
10 Interventions to Promote Health and Prevent Disease: Perspectives on Clinical Trials Past, Present, and Future


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