Old Age and the Search for Security: An American Social History

Indiana University Press
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"Haber and Gratton lay to rest many conventional assumptions concerning the place of older persons in American history." -- Choice

"Haber and Gratton's meaty little book does more than provide an intelligent synthesis of existing old-age history; its new interpretations, insights, and shifts of emphasis will provoke responses and help move historians' work away from the now threadbare original disputes in e field toward new questions and approaches." -- American Historical Review

"Indeed, Haber and Gratton give us a refreshingly multidimensional history of the shift in old-age security from work, assets, or children to government annuities." -- Contemporary Sociology

"... the history of old age has finally come of age. The authors successfully synthesize the best of the earlier social and cultural studies with new empirical evidence and recent findings of economic historians." -- Journal of Economic History

"A truly 'revisionary' interpretation of the cultural and structural forces that shaped the elderly's lives from the colonial period to the present. Lucid and controversial, [it] is bound to be widely cited and hotly contested." -- W. Andrew Achenbaum

This social history of the American elderly offers a provocative new view of aging in the United States. It revises traditional assumptions about the economic status of the old and challenges the long-held contention that industrialization destroyed family relationships.

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About the author

CAROLE HABER is Professor of History at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte and the author of Beyond Sixty-Five: The Dilemma of Old Age in America's Past. BRIAN GRATTON is Associate Professor of History at Arizona State University and author of Urban Elders.

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Publisher
Indiana University Press
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Published on
Dec 22, 1993
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Pages
260
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ISBN
9780253113023
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Language
English
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Genres
History / United States / General
Social Science / Gerontology
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