Handbook of Theories of Aging


Vern Bengtson, Merril Silverstein, Norella Putney and Daphna Gans are editing a new edition of one of the most frequently cited books in the field of Gerontology recently, the 1999 Handbook of Theories of Aging. To this new Handbook Jan Baars has contributed a chapter called Problematic Theoretical Foundations: Time, Age and Aging.

Handbook of Theories of Aging was published by Springer Publishing Co. in November 2008. Springer will have a big celebration at the Gerontological Society Annual Meeting November 21-24 in Maryland.

Table of Contents

Part 1.Setting the Context of Theories of Aging
Chapter 1: Theorizing about Age and Aging
  Vern Bengtson, Merril Silverstein, Norella Putney, and Daphna Gans
Chapter 2: A Metahistorical Perspective on Theories of Aging
  W. Andrew Achenbaum
Chapter 3: An Evolutionary Theory of Human Lifespan: Embodied Capital and the Human Adaptive Complex
  Hillard Kaplan, Michael Gurven, and Jeffrey Winking
Part II.Theorizing Aging across Disciplines
Chapter 4: Biodemography and Aging across Disciplines
  Sarinnapha Vasunilashorn and Eileen M. Crimmins
Chapter 5: Problematic Foundations: Theorizing Time, Age and Aging
  Jan Baars
Chapter 6: Deriving a Sense of Meaning in Late Life: An Overlooked Forum for the Development of Interdisciplinary Theory
  Neal Krause
Chapter 7: Understanding Healthy Aging: Key Components and their Integration
  Carol D. Ryff and Burton Singer
Part III:Biological Theories of Aging
Chapter 8: Making Sense of Biological Theories of Aging
  Steven N. Austad
Chapter 9: The Immunological Theory of Aging Revisited
  Rita B. Effros
Chapter 10: Modalities of Gene Action Predicted by the Classical Evolutionary Theory of Aging
  George M. Martin
Chapter 11: Contribution of a Mouse Model System to Neuroscientific Theories of Learning, Memory, and Aging
  Diana S. Woodruff-Pak, Richard F. Thompson, and Michael R. Foy
Chapter 12: Programmed Longevity and Programmed Aging Theories
  Stavros Gonidakis and Valter D. Longo
Chapter 13: Free Radicals and Oxidative Stress in Aging
  Reshma Shringarpure and Kelvin J.A Davies
Part IV:Psychological Theories of Aging
Chapter 14: The Convoys over the Life Course: A Review and Revision
  Toni Antonucci, Kira S. Birdett, and Hiroko Akiyama
Chapter 15: Building Theories of Social Context, Cognition, and Aging
  Fredda Blanchard Fields and Antje Stange
Chapter 16: Dynamic Integration Theory: Emotion, Cognition, and Equilibrium in Later Life
  Gisela Labouvie Vief
Chapter 17: Cognitive Plasticity
  Sherry L.Willis, K. Warner Schaie and Mike Martin
Chapter 18: A Cognitive Control Theory of Aging and Emotional Well-Being
  Nichole Kryla-Lighthall and Mara Mather
Part V.Social Science Perspectives on Theories of Aging
Chapter 19: Toward an Integrative Theory of Social Gerontology
  Scott Bass
Chapter 20: Towards a Phenomenology of Aging
  Charles Longino and Jason L. Powell
Chapter 21: Theorizing the Life Course: New Twists in the Paths
  Dale Dannefer and Jessica Ann Kelley-Moore
Chapter 22: Cumulative Inequality Theory for Research on Aging and the Life Course
  Kenneth F. Ferraro, Tetyana Pylypiv Shippee, and Markus H. Schafer
Chapter 23: Theorizing Lifestyle: Exploring Agency and Structure in the Life Course
  Jon Hendricks and Laurie Russell Hatch
Chapter 24: Theorizing the New Terrain of Old Age
  Richard A. Settersten, Jr., and Molly E.Trauten
Chapter 25: Theorizing Feminist Gerontology, Sexuality and Beyond: An Intersectional Approach
  Toni Calasanti
Chapter 26: Theorizing Across Cultures
  Peggye Dilworth Anderson and Monique D. Cohen
Chapter 27: Out of the Arm Chair and off the Veranda: Anthropology, Experiences and Theories of Age
  Christine L. Fry
Chapter 28: Theorizing About Families and Aging From a Feminist Perspective
  Katherine R. Allen and Alexis J. Walker
Part VI.Society, Public Policy and Theories of Aging
Chapter 29: From Industrialism to Institutionalism: Theoretical Accounts of Aging Policy Development in the United States
  Robert B. Hudson
Chapter 30: The Political Economy Perspective of Aging
  Ben Lenox Kail, Jill Quadagno, and Jennifer Reid Keene
Chapter 31: Theory Informing Public Policy: The Life Course Perspective as a Policy Tool
  Victor W. Marshall
Chapter 32: Aging and Social Policy: Theorizing the Social
  Alan Walker
Chapter 33: Reconstructing Theories of Aging: The Impact of Globalization on Critical Gerontology
  Chris Phillipson
Chapter 34: Aging Policy in the Welfare State: Theories and Realities
  Mats Thorsland and Merril Silverstein
Part VII.Translating Theories of Aging
Chapter 35: Jurisprudential Gerontology: Theorizing the Relationship between Law and Aging
  Israel Doron
Chapter 36: Spirituality, Finitude and Theories of the Lifespan
  Malcolm L. Johnson
Chapter 37: A Good Old Age: Theories of Mental Health And Aging
  Steven H. Zarit
Chapter 38: Translational Theory: A Wisdom-based Model for Psychological Interventions to Enhance Well-being in Later Life
  Bob G. Knight and Ken Laidlaw
Chapter 39: The Construction of Knowledge: A Model of Gerontological Education
  Ariela Lowenstein and Sara Carmel
Part VIII.The Future of Theories of Aging
Chapter 40: The Future of Theories of Aging
  Daphna Gans, Norella M. Putney, Vern L. Bengtson, and Merril Silverstein