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Aging in American Society - Chapter Summary
The lessons in this chapter look at how America's population is becoming older and common views on aging. You will get an overview of various theories of aging, and look at the stages of acceptance of dying. The right to die movement is also examined here.
Our instructors present information on how different cultures look at age. You will also analyze the influence of age on social status in our society. When you've watched all these lessons, you should be prepared to:
- Show how America's birth and death rates and life expectancy influence our culture and policies
- Describe several theories regarding aging, including the structural-functional theory and the symbolic-interaction theory
- Offer views on both sides of the euthanasia debate
- Define the stages of acceptance of death
- Explain variation between cultures in regards to aging
- Examine the relationship between social status and age
Our short video lessons are led by expert instructors who know how to simplify these concepts. The multiple-choice quizzes at the end of every lesson offer a chance to assess your knowledge and review topics that require more study. Every lesson is offered as a written transcript, with key terms and phrases highlighted.
1. Graying of America: Birth Rate, Death Rate & Life Expectancy
The 'graying of America' is an important aging trend studied by sociologists. In this lesson, we will discuss this phenomenon and three factors that contribute to it: birth rate, death rate, and life expectancy.
2. Theories of Aging: Structural-Functional, Symbolic-Interaction & Social-Conflict
The process of aging can be explained and better understood through three perspectives. This lesson will cover the structural-functional, symbolic-interaction and social-conflict perspectives of aging as well as the associated theories that function within those perspectives.
3. Death and Dying: Euthanasia Debate and Stages of Acceptance
The end of one's life can be a difficult time, for both the person dying and their loved ones. In this lesson, we'll explore some end-of-life issues that people face, including the five stages of grief and the controversy surrounding euthanasia.
4. Age Stratification: Variation Between Cultures
Older adults in one culture can face discrimination, and in another culture, they can be revered. But why is there variation in cultural views of late adulthood? In this lesson, we'll examine age stratification across cultures.
5. The Relationship Between Age & Social Status
As people age, they sometimes feel like society doesn't value them anymore. In this lesson, we'll explain the relationship between age and social status, including looking at age stratification and modernization theory.
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Other chapters within the MTTC Sociology (012): Practice & Study Guide course
- Introduction to Sociology
- Influential Sociological Theorists
- Sociological Research Methods
- References Sources for Sociology Research
- Organizing & Analyzing Research Information
- Culture, Socialization & Social Interaction
- Personality & Self
- Beliefs, Attitudes & Development
- Deviance & Social Control
- Social Groups & Interactions
- Types of Communication
- Social Status & Stratification
- Sex & Gender Roles in Society
- Race & Ethnicity in Society
- Families, Religion & Schools in the US
- Aging, Health & Family Issues in Society
- Social Changes & Cultural Variations
- Urbanization, Industrialization & Modernization
- Social Movements
- Racism, Prejudice & Poverty in the US
- Crime & the US Criminal Justice System
- Ecological Problems in the US
- Political & Economic Systems
- Population Growth & Trends
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