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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.”

Introduction: Different Worlds in Aging: Gender, Race, and Class
Introduction: Different worlds in aging: Gender, race, and class

Gerontologists have long stressed the heterogeneity of the elderly population. People enter old age with an accumulation of experiences gained over six or seven decades, experiences that influence their attitudes, behaviors, and resources. Some of these experiences, such as wars, economic fluctuations, technological developments, and cultural change, are shared with other people in their age cohort. Others emerge from biographical experiences unique to the individual. The strength of a social gerontological approach to the study of late life is that it enables us to understand the ways in which what is occurring within the larger society shapes the life course of individuals. As the sociologist C. Wright Mills ...

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