Key Concepts in Social Gerontology


Judith Phillips, Kristine Ajrouch & Sarah Hillcoat-Nallétamby

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    The authors would like to express their sincere thanks to the people who have contributed towards the development and production of this book:

    • Jodie Croxall (Social Policy PhD student, Centre for Innovative Ageing (CIA), Swansea University) for her invaluable contributions to sourcing and collating materials and to initial drafts of the ‘death and dying, ‘bereavement’, ‘family relations’ and ‘independence’ concepts. Christine Dobbs (PhD, Social Psychologist, CIA) for her help in preparing early drafts of the ‘disability’, ‘palliative care’, ‘dementia’, ‘frailty’ and biographical approaches’. Her contributions towards the end of the project renewed our energy and fuelled our hopes that we might just finish on time!
    • Rachel Hazelwood, who stepped in at the end to relieve us from the daunting task of collating our contributions and liaising with our publishers. Had Rachel not been on board – who knows – perhaps we would have pressed the ‘delete’ rather than the ‘send’ button, and our publishers might still be waiting!
    • Our referees Toni Antonucci, Svein Olav Daatland, Dale Dannefer, and Clemens Tesch-Roemer for agreeing to advise and review our work as it progressed. Their thoughtful comments and insightful reactions helped us refine ideas and develop a more inclusive approach.
    • Vanessa Burholt (Director, Centre for Innovative Ageing, Swansea University), whose encouragement to Sarah made the writing enterprise a goal to be achieved.
    • Kristine Ajrouch acknowledges in particular the Eastern Michigan University (EMU) for granting a Spring/Summer Research Award in 2007 to write this book. The collegial atmosphere at EMU provided an accommodating writing environment in the midst of multiple, competing teaching and service responsibilities. And finally, much love and appreciation to Abraham, Ali, and Rachelle Ajrouch, who each supported me daily in their own way over the years as this book occupied various periods of our life together.
    • Sarah Hillcoat-Nallétamby would like to thank New Zealand for having let her go … to discover Welsh cakes, the seaside and the beginning of yet another new horizon. Thank you Judith and Kristine for inviting me to join with you to co-author this book.
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