This carefully selected four-volume set, compiled by Susan A. McDaniel an expert in the field for more than twenty-five years, looks at ageing through the lenses of anthropology, sociology, feminism and cultural studies, amongst others. Volume 1 reviews the origins, theories and practical concerns of gerontology and examines the ideas of several contemporary thinkers. Volume 2 considers the forms and practices that ageing take on in societies today as well as in the past. Volume 3 collects articles that see ageing as a social process that intersects with class, race, gender, and sexuality. Volume 4 discusses the key debates that currently dominate the field of gerontology.