Handbook of Sociology of Aging

  • Richard A. Settersten
  • Jacqueline L. Angel

Part of the Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research book series (HSSR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Historical Trends in the Sociology of Aging

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Richard A. Settersten Jr., Jacqueline L. Angel
      Pages 3-13
  3. Theories and Methods in the Sociology of Aging

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Victor W. Marshall, Vern L. Bengtson
      Pages 17-33
  4. Social Diversity and Inequalities of Aging

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Susan Venn, Kate Davidson, Sara Arber
      Pages 71-81
    3. Jan E. Mutchler, Jeffrey A. Burr
      Pages 83-101
    4. Kyriakos S. Markides, Kerstin Gerst
      Pages 103-116
    5. Masa Higo, John B. Williamson
      Pages 117-129
    6. Judith Treas, Christopher Steven Marcum
      Pages 131-141
  5. Social Relationships and Aging

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-143
    2. Deborah Carr, Sara M. Moorman
      Pages 145-160
    3. J. Jill Suitor, Jori Sechrist, Megan Gilligan, Karl Pillemer
      Pages 161-178
  6. Social Institutions and Aging

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 211-211
    2. Melissa Hardy
      Pages 213-227

About this book



The Handbook of Sociology of Aging is the most comprehensive and engaging treatment of the field over the past 30 years. It is an indispensable resource for scholars, policy makers, and aging professionals alike.

The Handbook of Sociology of Aging contains 45 far-reaching chapters, authored by nearly 80 of the most renowned experts, on the most pressing topics related to aging today. With its recurring attention to the social forces that shape human aging, and their social consequences and policy implications of it, the contents will be of interest to everyone who cares about what aging means for individuals, families, and societies.

Two forwards highlight the significance of the handbook for scholarship and and policy-making on aging. The chapters illustrate the field’s extraordinary breadth and depth, which have never before been represented in a single volume. They range from foundational matters, including classic and contemporary theories and methods, to topics of longstanding and emergent interest, such as social diversity and inequalities, social relationships, social institutions, economies and governments, social vulnerabilities, public health, and care arrangements. The volume closes with a set of personal essays by senior scholars who share their experiences and hopes for the field, and an essay by the editors that previews some of the most exciting aspects for the decade ahead.

The Handbook of Sociology of Aging showcases the very best that sociology has to offer the study of human aging.



Demography Disability Diversity Health Care Life Course Public Policy Social Gerontology

Editors and affiliations

  • Richard A. Settersten
    • 1
  • Jacqueline L. Angel
    • 2
  1. 1.Human Development and Family SciencesOregon State UniversityCorvallisUSA
  2. 2.Dept. SociologyUniversity of Texas, AustinAustinUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-7374-0
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-7373-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-7374-0
  • Series Print ISSN 1389-6903
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