Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology

, Volume 24, Issue 3, pp 319–320 | Cite as

Jay Sokolovsky, editor, The Cultural Context of Aging: Worldwide Perspectives, Third Edition, Greenwood Press, 2009

  • Lori L. Jervis
Review Article

One of the challenges of teaching a course on cross-cultural gerontology or on the anthropology of aging is finding good material to draw on—especially all in one place. Luckily, Jay Sokolovsky’s “The Cultural Context of Aging: Worldwide Perspectives, Third Edition” solves this problem. This book contains a wide variety of chapters intended to shed light on the manner in which culture informs the experience of aging. As promised by its title, the book surveys many locations around the world, touching on groups within all of the major culture areas, with the largest number of chapters focused on the U.S. Although the discipline of anthropology predominates, the authorship is multidisciplinary, with contributions from sociologists, political scientists, gerontologists, economists, psychologists, and public health practitioners, to name a few. The majority of anthropologically oriented chapters are sociocultural in nature, although some have an evolutionary or biocultural focus, such as...

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of OklahomaNormanUSA

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