Researching Social Gerontology: Concepts, Methods and Issues (Paperback)Sheila Peace (editor)
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At a theoretical level, the text draws on the core gerontological concepts of age, dependency, social support and quality of life to illustrate their complexity, and the difficulties of measurement. On a practical level, the contributors present a number of methodological approaches which have been particularly useful in social gerontological research. Finally, they consider three critical issues: whether old people require special ethical consideration; the prospects for funding; and the importance of disseminating research effectively. Researching Social Gerontology has been specially commissioned by the British Society for Gerontology to outline current thinking in conceptual and methodological development, and the context in which gerontological research is being carried out. As such it will prove stimulating and useful for researchers at all levels, practitioners, policy-makers and those with a more general interest in the ageing process.
Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 343 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 12 mm
`(a) highly interesting collection of essays... Given the desire to reach as wide a multi-disciplinary audience as possible it is commendably free of gratuitous jargon... intelligent reading and everyone, even someone with a limited knowledge of the field, will find it helpful... This volume contains a formidable amount of information and deserves to be made widely available (not only in libraries and institutions concerned with social gerontology) for its contents have relevance for a wide range of research interests. This volume demonstrates quite vividly that the study of ageing should not be seen as a minority interest having an important, but limited, place among the wider issues of social science. It shows that all the concerns of social investigation are present in the multi-disciplinary field and that the rigour required of research on ageing is no less demanding than that found in other more popular and more generously funded areas of social science... I hope that the British Society of Gerontology will not consider this a `one-off' but will plan to have a further edition in due course or commission other volumes adding to the excellent work contained here' - Journal of Educational Gerontology
`The editor and authors have succeeded in putting their studies, which in many cases are well-known, in a new perspective, making them worthwhile to colleagues.... this is a useful book.' - Age and Ageing
`Every contemporary social gerontologist will want these two books to hand.' - Social Policy and Administration
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