Gerontology Emerges as a Science
By (author) W. Andrew Achenbaum
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Crossing Frontiers by W. Andrew Achenbaum
Book DescriptionAlthough 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521558808
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 25-Aug-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author W. Andrew Achenbaum
Older Americans, Vital Communities, Paperback (October 2007)
He calls on baby boomers to create institutional structures that promote productive, vital growth for the common good, and he invites people of all ages to think more boldly about what they will do with the long lives ahead of them.
Crossing Frontiers, Hardback (August 1995)
This is the first book-length study of the history of gerontology. It shows how old age became a 'problem' worth investigating and how a mulitidisciplinary orientation took shape.
Voices and Visions of Aging, Hardback (November 1992)» View all books by W. Andrew Achenbaum
Introducing a basis for dialogue across humanistic, scientific, and professional disciplines, this work addresses topics as industrial employment, retirement, life styles of older women, and biological research. It includes philosophical reflections on the "third age", perspectives on institutional adaptations, and an aging society.
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