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“The ideal supplement for your introductory aging or social gerontology courses, Worlds of Difference, Third Edition, is the only book for undergraduates that addresses the diversity of aging experiences in society by race, gender and social class. “The virtue of this book is that it makes a multicultural, systems of inequality approach to the study of aging accessible to students and it does so by letting people from privileged as well as disadvantaged perspectives speak for themselves”…. Robin Moremen, Northern Illinois University.”

Advantages of Using the Life Course Framework in Studying Aging
Advantages of using the life course framework in studying aging

Here we introduce the life course perspective as a framework for an inclusive approach to the study of aging. As we indicated in the Introduction, a life course perspective emphasizes the ways in which people's location in the social system, the historical period in which they live, and their unique personal biography shape their experience of old age. Our approach to the life course perspective has four main premises, which we will explain and illustrate:

  • The aging process is affected by individuals' personal attributes, their particular life events, and how they adapt to these events.
  • Sociohistorical times shape opportunity structures differently for individuals with specific personal ...
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