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Robledo Marín, C. A., & Orejuela Gómez, J. J. (2021). Theories of the sociology of aging and old age. Revista Guillermo De Ockham, 18(1), 95–102. https://doi.org/10.21500/22563202.4660 (Original work published June 9, 2020)
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This article presents an analysis on the sociological theories of aging and old age, including its current influences on academic research and the design of public policies. The methodology is qualitative, relational and explanatory levels. The sociological theories of aging and old age were reviewed using documentary analysis techniques. These theories have been grouped into three generations, starting in 1949, each with particular nuances. The first generation focuses on assigning old people their place in society. The second generation, in identifying their ways of relating. The third one has a critical perspective with respect to the previous ones. This review of the existing theories reveals that the theoretical and sociopolitical field related to aging and old age is heterogeneous and serves as a scenario of confrontation amongst often contradictory positions.



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