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Eberly College of Arts and Sciences


Social Work


Does qualitative sociology have anything positive to offer those who seek personally and professionally adequate resolutions of the troubles and social problems of old age? The purpose of this review essay is to examine a sampling of recent books published in social gerontology with regard to: 1) formulations of the problems of geranomie - rolelessness, loneliness, social isolation, etc.; and 2) general solutions to these problems.

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An earlier version of this book review essay was published in Qualitative Sociology. V. 1979 under a different title.


Author's preprint (revised).



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