This text provides a comprehensive overview of the sociology of aging, and remains the only book of its kind to approach aging from a purely sociological perspective. This new edition is completely updated throughout, with new chapters that discuss the now immanent retirement of the first of the baby boomers, the new form housing arrangements known as semi-independent or assisted living, elder abuse in nursing homes (and quality issues in nursing homes generally), and the long-term problems facing Medicare and Social Security.
Diana Harris is professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
Part 1 I. The Scope of Aging Chapter 2 1. The Field and Its Methods Chapter 3 2. Population, Boomers, and Longevity Part 4 II. The Individual and Society Chapter 5 3. Age Norms and Age Statuses Chapter 6 4. Cultural Values and Cultural Diversity Chapter 7 5. Social, Biological, and Psychological Aspects of Aging Chapter 8 6. Groups, Organizations, and Retirement Communities Part 9 III. Social Inequality Chapter 10 7. Stratification and Class Chapter 11 8. The Minority Elderly Part 12 IV. Social Institutions Chapter 13 9. The Family and Education Chapter 14 10. The Economy: Work and Retirement Chapter 15 11. Politics, Aging, and Religion Part 16 V. Issues of Aging Chapter 17 12. Deviance Chapter 18 13. Assisted Living and Nursing Homes Chapter 19 14. Death and Dying Chapter 20 15. Income and Health Security