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Section on Aging and the Life Course

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Mission Statement

Sociology of Aging and the Life Course provides an analytical framework for understanding the interplay between human lives and changing social structures. Its mission is to examine the interdependence between (a) aging over the life course as a social process and (b) societies and groups as stratified by age, with succession of cohorts as the link connecting the two. This special field of age draws on sociology as a whole and contributes to it through reformulation of traditional emphases on process and change, on the multiple interdependent levels of the system, and on the multidimensionality of sociological concerns as they touch on related aspects of other disciplines. The field is concerned with both basic sociological research on age and its implications for public policy and professional practice.


Section Officers 2013-2014

Chair: Ellen Idler Emory University
Chair-Elect: Deborah Carr Rutgers University
Past Chair: Mark D. Hayward University of Texas at Austin
Secretary/Treasurer: J. Jill Suitor Purdue University

Section Council

Pamela Herd, University of Wisconsin, Madison 2014
James M. Raymo, University of Wisconsin, Madison 2015
Y. Claire Yang, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2015
John Reynolds, Florida State University 2016
Andrea E. Willson, Univeristy of Western Ontario 2016

Student Representatives

Lindsay R. Wilkinson, Purdue University (2014)
Jennifer Lynne Caputo, Indiana University 2015

Newsletter Editor: Kristen Schultz Lee, University at Buffalo
Website Editor:  Mark D. Hayward, University of Texas at Austin
Listserv Coordinator: David Warner, University of Nebraska