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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.”

Hard Times in Women's Lives: Historical Influences across Forty Years
Hard times in women's lives: Historical influences across forty years
Glen H.Elder, Jr.
Jeffrey K.Liker

A recurring theme in the human drama of rapid change centers on the fragmentation of lives and their internal discontinuities in a transformed environment. When such changes occur midway in life, initial purposes and directions lose meaning for the anticipated future. The ends of life may become obscure. Migration from rural to urban areas is one potential source of disjuncture in the life course; economic cycles provide another. Americans who grew up in Depression scarcity soon faced the problems and temptations of prosperity. Now their postwar offspring must cope with a period of retrenchment that calls for the scarcity virtues of thrift and ...

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