The Third Edition of this popular and widely-used text provides a comprehensive introduction to the study of aging, exploring the key behavioral and social science theories, concepts, and methods.

This new edition of Ageing in Society has been extensively rewritten and reflects new trends in European gerontology, incorporating recent developments in theory and research from international and interdisciplinary perspectives. The book is in two sections. In the first, contributors provide an overview of key issues in the study of biological, psychological, and social aging. The second section critically examines interdisciplinary perspectives on health, social protection, work and retirement, social relations, environments, cultural images of aging, cognitive aging, and the management of individual lifestyles.

Ageing in Society was developed by the British Society of Gerontology to fulfill the need for an authoritative introduction to social gerontology. As such, it is an ideal resource for students and lecturers in the social and behavioral sciences throughout the UK and Europe, as well as for students and practitioners in health and social care.

Social Theory and Social Ageing

Social theory and social ageing
ChrisPhillipson and JanBaars


The purpose of this chapter is to address relationships and connections between ageing populations and social structures, with a particular focus on arguments and theories in social gerontology as developed over the past 50 years. Some clarification of terms and concepts is necessary before highlighting the main areas to be reviewed in the chapter. The approach developed will draw upon social scientific perspectives applied to understanding ageing as a social, economic and cultural construction. The concern of social science, as applied to the study of ageing, is to examine the processes associated with growing old and how these are interpreted by different groups of women and men. This may be contrasted with social policy ...

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