Crossing Frontiers: Gerontology Emerges as a Science (Hardback)
  • Crossing Frontiers: Gerontology Emerges as a Science (Hardback)

Crossing Frontiers: Gerontology Emerges as a Science (Hardback)

Hardback 296 Pages / Published: 25/08/1995
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Although philosophers, physicians, and others have long pondered the meanings and experiences of growing older, gerontology did not emerge as a scientific field of inquiry in the United States until the twentieth century. The study of aging borrows from a variety of other disciplines, including medicine, psychology, sociology and anthropology, but its own scientific basis is still developing. Despite dozens of aging-related journals, and a notable increase in state, regional, national and international networks, there are no widely shared techniques or distinctive methods. Theories of aging remain partial and tentative. By tracing intellectual networks and analyzing institutional patterns, Crossing Frontiers shows how old age became a 'problem' worth investigating and how a multidisciplinary orientation took shape. Gerontology is a marginal intellectual enterprise but its very strengths and weaknesses illuminate the politics of specialization and academic turf-fighting in U.S. higher education.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521481946
Number of pages: 296
Weight: 610 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 21 mm

"...[a] perceptive, beautifully written and superbly organized history of American gerontology..." London Review of Books
"Heavily footnoted, well researched, and scholarly, this book is the first to trace the history of gerentology from its roots in 19th-century physiology to today's highly competitive research centers." Library Journal
"Crossing Frontiers is an excellent, thorough, and richly documented history of gerontology." American Journal of Sociology
"I recommend Crossing Frontiers as worthwhile reading for anyone interested in gerontology today....any physician interested in the broader issues of aging will benefit from reading this book." David H. Solomon, MD, JAMA
"Crossing Fronteirs...presents a cognent history of gerontology as a scientific field; it offers a prescription for the future..." Journal of American History

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