The gerontological imagination an integrative paradigm of aging kenneth f ferraro provides an integrative interdisciplinary approach to the study of aging written in a clear and forthright style that is accessible to a wide audience only book of its kind to enumerate integrative axioms about gerontology. In the gerontological imagination ferraros ambitious goal is to create a paradigm consisting of six interrelated axioms that he hopes will bring coherence to the study of aging and age related processes the concept of a paradigm first became widely used following the publication of thomas kuhns the structure of scientific revolutions . The gerontological imagination provides an integrative overview of the scientific study of aging although investigators from many disciplines study aging concerns have been raised about the intellectual coherence of gerontology precisely because it draws from and contributes to a wide array of disciplines. Author biography carrie henning smith phd mph msw is an assistant professor with the division of health policy and management university of minnesota school of public health and a faculty member with the university of minnesota center on agingher scholarly work focuses policy relevant research on aging and long term care rural health and the social determinants of health. The gerontological imagination an integrative paradigm of aging is a simultaneously brief and ambitious attempt to pull the vast field of gerontology under one theoretical and philosophical umbrella kenneth f ferraro accomplishes this task by suggesting six axioms that are central to gerontology regardless of ones individual field of study
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