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Int J Aging Hum Dev. 1992;35(1):31-47.

Generations and the generation of theory in social gerontology.

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Oregon State University, Corvallis.


The process of theorizing, creating theoretical explanations, and disseminating theoretical perspectives is most frequently discussed in terms of disembodied ideas. A more insightful rendering of how theory is used in the sociology of aging literature would attend to the real individuals who promulgate the ideas. Looking at theorizing as a career-related activity engaged in by scholars who are prone to the same demographic imperatives as other human beings is a way of shedding more light on the many uses of theory. The concept of theoretical generations is utilized as a means of accounting for the succession of models and explanatory frameworks.

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