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Introduction to Sociology 1101A Spring 2008 Class Notes 03.13.08 I. Aging A. Theories of / perspectives on aging and how they are reflected in today’s society 1. From white Henslin text a. Symbolic interactionist perspective: negative stereotypes about age, lying about age (may change with baby boomers entering old age). Examples: dying gray hair, face lifts, etc. b. Functionalist perspectives (how people adjust to old age) 1. Disengagement theory – people disengage smoothly from roles, examples: retirement systems, pensions. 2. Activity theory – people who remain active continue to enjoy life, example: senior centers. 3. Continuity theory – people hold on to ties from past, examples: continue in similar roles, parents take care of grandchildren. c. Conflict theory – struggle between young and old, examples: struggle over paying for Social Security, AARP (political advocacy for elderly, competes against other interest groups). 2. Additional functionalist perspectives mentioned in Kart a. Cary Kart is/was at the University of Toledo. b.
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