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The Self and Society in Aging Processes

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The Self and Society in Aging Processes

SKU# 9780826112675


  • Carol D. Ryff PhD
  • Victor W. Marshall PhD

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This volume focuses on the experience of growing old as it is linked to societal factors. Ryff and Marshall construct this "macro" view of aging in society by bridging disciplines and brining together contributors from all the social sciences.

The book is organized into three sections: theoretical perspectives, socioeconomic structures, and contexts of self and society. Leading psychologists, anthropologists, gerontologists, and sociologists present theoretical and empirical advances that forge links between the individual and the social aspects of aging. It is must reading for researchers in all gerontologic specialties, and a valuable text for graduate courses in human development, psychology of aging, and other social aspects of aging.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date June 23, 1999
  • Page Count 504
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826112675
  • EISBN 9780826117151

Table of Contents 

    Part 1: Theoretical Perspectives on Self and Society Linkages
  1. Linking the Self and Society in Social Gerontology: Crossing New Territory via Old Questions, Carol D. Ryff, Victor W. Marshall, and Philippa J. Clarke
  2. Social Perspectives on the Self in Later Life, Linda K. George
  3. Neoteny, Naturalization, and Other Constituents of Human Development, Dale Dannefer
  4. Continuity, Theory, Self, and Social Structure, Robert C. Atchley
  5. Identity and Adaptation to the Aging Process, Susan Krauss Whitbourne
  6. Self-Development in Adulthood and Aging: The Role of Critical Life Events, Manfred Diehl

  7. Part 2: Socioeconomic Structures and the Self
  8. Practical Consciousness, Social Class, and Self-Concept: A View from Sociology, Jon Hendricks
  9. Educational Attainment and Self-Making in Later Life, Melissa M. Franks, A. Regula Herzog, Diane Holmberg, and Hazel R. Markus
  10. Forging Macro-Micro Linkages in the Study of Psychological Well-Being, Carol D. Ryff, William J. Magee, Kristen C. Kling, and Edgar H. Wing
  11. Income and Subjective Well-Being Over the Life Cycle, Richard A. Easterlin and Christine M. Schaeffer

  12. Part 3: Contexts of Self and Society: Work and Family
  13. Structure and Agency in the Retirement Process: A Case Study of Montreal Garment Workers, Julia A. McMullin and Victor W. Marshall
  14. Gender and Distress in Later Life: The Importance of Lifelong Employment and Familial Experiences, Lorraine Davies
  15. The Caregiving Context: The Intersection of Social and Individual Influences in the Experience of Family Caregiving, Marsha Mailick Seltzer and Jan S. Greenberg
  16. Linking Social Structure and Self-Concept: Variations in Sense of Mastery, Marilyn McKean Skaff
  17. Intersections of Society, Family, and Self Among Hispanics in Middle and Later Life, Sonia Miner and Julian Montoro-Rodriguez
  18. The Social Psychology of Values: Effects of Individual Development, Social Change, and Family Transmission Over the Life Span, Robert E.L. Roberts and Vern L. Bengtson

  19. Index