Social gerontology is a new and dynamic field reflecting the increasing interest in aging across the world. This book provides a readily accessible guide to well established and contested issues, as well as new concepts emerging through cutting edge research in the discipline. The entries give concise, lucid knowledge on what constitutes the ‘building blocks’ of social gerontology and sets out a clear review of the core concepts, both classic and emerging, in this subject area. Each concept is explored in terms of its history, application, usefulness to theory and research, and significance in practice.

Introduction: Social Gerontology – ‘New Science, New Concepts’

Introduction: Social gerontology – ‘new science, new concepts’

Social gerontology is a relatively new and dynamic scientific field reflecting increasing interest in ageing across the world.

Throughout the centuries, old age and ageing have been ever-present, but have received minimal attention from social thinkers. Education and research in ageing have not been a high priority in terms of research ...

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