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Aging, Society, and the Life Course

Aging, Society, and the Life Course
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As our aging population grows ever larger, it is increasingly important to understand how adults age and what we can do to provide up-to-date care to ensure their well-being as an integral part of society. Leslie Morgan and Suzanne Kunkel understand that this phenomenon is about much more than just the physical or biological aspects of growing older and have put together a comprehensive text on the impact of society and sociology on the aging process.

Use this text to explore the diversity of the aging population and dispel the major stereotypes surrounding the elderly. Learn about aging through all the layers of social context from family life to politics and economics. And through this approach, come to see how aging is more than just an individual process, it is a process that effects the direction of our society as a whole.

For the Student:


  • Web sites of interest and key terms defined at the end of each chapter
  • Real life stories and essays on love, sex, music, medicine, and crime

For the Professor:


  • Assignment-ready reading in a "One Chapter a Week" format
  • Questions for discussion and review at each chapter end
  • "Applying Theory" sections place the lesson of each chapter in a clear, real-world setting


Instructor's Guide Now Available! An Instructor's Manual for this textbook is available for those professors who have adopted Aging, Society, and the Life Course, Third Edition and can verify a bookstore order of 7 or more copies. Please email our Marketing Department at [email protected] if you have adopted this text as you will need a password to download the guide. Please provide the name and telephone number of the bookstore that ordered the textbooks.

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Springer Publishing Company; December 2006
505 pages; ISBN 9780826100986
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