American Sociological Association

Aging and the Life Course

This section 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.

Award Recipient History
Annual Report (2020)


Section Council

Chair: Jennifer Karas Montez, Syracuse University
Chair-Elect: Merril Silverstein, Syracuse University
Past Chair: Toni Calasanti, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Section Secretary/Treasurer: Dawn Celeste Carr, Florida State University
Julia Kay Wolf, West Virginia University (Section Webmaster)
Chrisse Edmunds, Ohio State University (Student Representative)
Catherine Garcia, University of Southern California (Student Representative)
Bridget Goosby, University of Texas-Austin
Jason N. Houle, Dartmouth College
Amelie Quesnel-Vallee, McGill University
Patricia A. Thomas, Purdue University
Mieke Beth Thomeer, University of Alabama-Birmingham
Stephanie Urena, University of Maryland

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