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Cross-Cultural and Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives in Social Gerontology

  • Tannistha Samanta
  • One of its kind research on social gerontology in India that combines theoretical frameworks with data driven empirical reflections

  • Is uniquely cross-cultural and draws on unconventional themes and cutting edge methods not commonly found in social gerontological research

  • Serves as an example to social science researchers in the pursuit of synergistic intellectual collaborations


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Frameworks and Integrative Approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Subharati Ghosh, Benjamin Capistrant, Greta Friedemann-Sánchez
      Pages 23-43
    3. Sibila Marques, Christin-Melanie Vauclair, Hannah J. Swift, Christopher Bratt, Maria Luísa Lima, Dominic Abrams
      Pages 45-66
  3. Culture, Contexts and Aging

  4. Health and Well Being

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 271-273

About this book


This volume intends to re-establish social gerontology as a discipline that has pragmatic links to policy and practice. Collectively, the chapters enrich public debates about the moral, cultural and economic questions surrounding aging, thereby ameliorating the “problems” associated with aging societies. This volume is uniquely cross-cultural, theory-driven and cross-disciplinary. It fills a gap in the gerontological scholarship of the global south that is predominantly descriptive and empirical.

Based on original research, this volume examines in particular the sociological question of inequality and its intersection with age, gender, health, family and social relations. In the process, the studies herein highlight the unique historical, institutional and social systems that govern the subjective experience of aging in diverse contexts globally. Specifically, societies in transition including India, Lebanon, Nigeria, Japan, China, Israel and in Europe are studied while connecting the micro-social experience of aging (loneliness, wellbeing, discrimination, relationships and resilience) with larger temporal and political contexts. This exercise generates intellectual capital that reformulates links between aging research and policy in innovative ways.

Overall, the volume echoes the global scientific commitment to understand the socio-cultural process of aging in transitional societies and utilizes rich opportunities for cross-fertilization of ideas, disciplines and methods to advance the gerontological promise of critical inquiry, training and practice.


aging and subjectivity age and caregiving healthcare financing for aged ageism cultural gerontology age prejudice old age homes in India Japan's aging society wellbeing and old age aging and depression aging and health status life expectancy and intergenerational support aging in China

Editors and affiliations

  • Tannistha Samanta
    • 1
  1. 1.Humanities & Social SciencesIndian Institute of Technology Humanities & Social SciencesGandhinagarIndia

About the editors

Tannistha Samanta is an Assistant Professor in the discipline of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar. Samanta received her PhD from the department of Sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD. Samanta specializes in blending both quantitative and interpretive approaches to study intergenerational relationships, health, social capital and aging focusing primarily on India. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Cross-Cultural and Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives in Social Gerontology
  • Editors Tannistha Samanta
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Singapore 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-10-1653-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-10-9413-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-10-1654-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXI, 273
  • Number of Illustrations 3 b/w illustrations, 19 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Aging
    Developmental Psychology
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