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both a biological and social classification; there are social dictates regarding age--socially and culturally defined expectations about the meaning of age, our understanding of it, and our responses to it.
Life Course perspective
-how does it view stages of life?
-where does aging occur?
• Aging occurs within a social context:
- Examines the entire course of human life from childhood, adolescence, and adulthood to old age.
- • Views “stages of life” as social constructions that reflect the broader structural conditions of society.
one’s social class, education, occupation, gender, and race will determine how one experiences adolescence or old age.
a change in our demographic structure. The median age of our populaon is increasing.