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Social Gerontology: Older People and Everybody Else

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Part of the SpringerBriefs in Aging book series (BRIEFSAGING)

Abstract

Social gerontology studies the social contacts of older people. It studies, for example, how older people interact with their kin and friends as well as which roles they play in society. Both, social interaction and social roles, change as populations age. Moreover, social interaction and social roles vary across Europe. This chapter describes and explains such variation. Moreover, it discusses how older people are affected by the process of globalization, meaning the interconnectedness of countries because of increased trade, the creation of multi- and transnational organizations, travel, migration and cultural exchange.

Keywords

Social Relationship Social Exclusion Social Contact Social Engagement Successful Ageing 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Health Sciences and Social CareBrunel University LondonUxbridgeUK

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