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The Gerontological Imagination: An Integrative Paradigm of Aging, Paperback, Illustrated Edition by Ferraro, Kenneth F. (Used)

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Publication Date: 2018-01-02
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Paperback : 224 pages
Edition: Illustrated Edition
Author: Ferraro, Kenneth F.
ISBN-10: 0190665343
ISBN-13: 9780190665340

Product Description The scientific study of aging is a relatively nascent field of inquiry. Although philosophic and literary reflections on what it means to grow older appear in the earliest historical records, the systematic study of aging began in earnest about a century ago. Scholarly interest in the topic has accelerated in recent decades, due in part to rapid population aging in developed nations. As a result, the study of aging has been incorporated into many disciplines, emphasizing concepts, theories, and methods to elucidate the antecedents and consequences of growing older. Although each discipline has key concepts and empirical generalizations about aging, there is little agreement across disciplines about the intellectual core of gerontology. Each discipline brings its own intellectual heritage and perspective to the study of aging, but the question posed by author Ken Ferraro is whether there is an emergent perspective or way of thinking about aging that transcends the disciplines. Biologists, psychologists, and sociologists may claim an interest in gerontology, but do they have a common image of aging or a set of principles to guide their research? Do they share a paradigm-a fundamental image of aging-that incorporates concepts and empirical generalizations from multiple disciplines? And when disciplinary approaches to gerontology clash, which approach or conceptualization of aging is likely to emerge as part of the paradigm? Although biologists, psychologists, and social scientists share an interest in the study of aging, they are distinctive in how they conduct their research. The Gerontological Imagination provides an integrative paradigm of aging that makes it the first book to identify intellectual common ground among scholars studying aging. Ferraro identifies an underlying set of principles that constitute a paradigm for the study of aging: causality, life course analysis, multifaceted change, heterogeneity, accumulation processes, and ageism. The proposed paradigm provides an efficient way to identify and interpret essential ideas, findings, models, and theories across multiple disciplines that study aging. Review "Ferraro's book impressively organizes the panoramic scope of aging into one paradigm and provides a valuable contribution to the gerontological canon." -- Jarmin Christine Yeh, Social Forces "This is an elegant and significant work that any gerontology scholar or student will find new and useful. It will be exhilarating for scholars, an excellent tool for researchers, and an almost essential aid to graduate students who are reaching to grasp gerontology as a distinct social science." -- Lyn Holley & Chuck Powell, Educational Gerontology "Ferraro's path-breaking book should be read by everyone who is interested in the study of aging and should be required reading in every graduate and advanced undergraduate course in gerontology" -- Jill Quadagno, The Gerontologist "In this book, Ferraro addresses the reality that most individuals involved in the field of gerontology are also involved in other fields, such as sociology, psychology, biology, or health care. His work articulates a paradigm for the scientific study of aging that incorporates concepts and empirical generalizations from multiple disciplines. He identifies intellectual common ground in gerontology that enables theories, models, and research to be interpreted across disciplines." -- The Gerontological Society of America "[ The Gerontological Imagination] provides a useful common language for anyone interested in the field of aging and is well worth a read to ensure that we are all operating with a similar, thoughtful, and inquisitive gerontological imagination." -- Carrie Henning-Smith, Journal of Applied Gerontology About the Author Kenneth F. Ferraro is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center on Aging and the Life Course at Purdue University. Professor Ferraro is the author of more than 120

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