A major concern for the sociology of aging and social gerontology is the lack of theoretical rigor. In particular, Birren and Bengtson (1988) describe all of social gerontology as "data-rich but theory-poor." In an effort to deal with the lack of theory, this essay reviews the general social gerontology literature from a Marxian perspective. The findings suggest that the Marxian framework can illuminate aspects of social gerontology hitherto left unexamined in both the academic and applied arenas.
Marson, Stephen M. and Fave, L. Richard Della
"A Marxian Review of Gerontological Literature,"
The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare: Vol. 21
, Article 7.
Available at: http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/jssw/vol21/iss2/7