By Leslie A. Morgan PhD, Suzanne R. Kunkel PhD

ISBN-10: 0826102123

ISBN-13: 9780826102126

Because the getting older inhabitants grows ever higher it really is more and more very important to appreciate how adults age and what might be performed to supply up to date care to make sure their future health as an essential component of society. Leslie Morgan and Suzanne Kunkel keep in mind that this phenomenon is set even more than simply the actual or organic facets of growing old and feature prepare a complete textual content at the effect of society and sociology at the getting older and getting older method. this article is going to be used to discover the variety of the getting older inhabitants and crack the main stereotypes surrounding the aged, find out about getting older via the entire layers of social context from relations existence to politics and economics, and are available to determine how getting older is greater than simply a person technique, it’s a approach that informs the path of our society.

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While social gerontology is, by definition, multidisciplinary (drawing on multiple perspectives), interdisciplinary research would involve more than working together with respect for, and being somewhat conversant in, other disciplines. Interdisciplinary research would mean active collaboration and new ways of formulating the questions we are asking, and new methods for exploring those questions. The study of the genetic, behavioral, social, and cultural factors that contribute to longevity could be an example of interdisciplinary research.

Some of the unique contributions of sociology are presented here. The Sociological Imagination The promise of the sociological perspective has nowhere been more powerfully and eloquently expressed than in C. Wright Mills’s classic presentation of the sociological imagination. He suggested that the promise, and the responsibility, of sociology lies in giving individuals the tools to make the distinction between, and see the connections between, concerns we face in our own lives and problems that are rooted in society.

For example, during the 1960s and 1970s, the theoretical contention between disengagement and activity theories led to considerable research on the concept of life satisfaction among the elderly. Today, these theories are seldom discussed, and contemporary research gives only minimal attention to life satisfaction (Markides, Liang, & Jackson, 1990). Research methods are sometimes viewed simply as tools to enable the testing of theoretical propositions, allowing them to be supported or refuted. But the relationship between theory and methods is more complex than that.

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