Gerontology Professor Publishes Book on Factors Shaping Social Organization

Joyce Weil

In her new book, UNC assistant professor of Gerontology Joyce Weil presents a discussion about how race, ethnicity and age combine with gender, social class, sexual orientation and immigrant status, among a host of other factors, to shape social organization and people's lives in society.

Weil served as co-editor of Race and the Lifecourse: Readings from the Intersection of Race, Ethnicity and Age with Diditi Mitra, assistant professor of sociology at Brookdale Community College in Middletown, New Jersey.

For the 10-chapter volume, published in August by Palgrave Macmillan, Weil and Mitra compiled pieces from scholars all over the country and used a variety of research methodologies to provide readers with a well-rounded account of the effects race and age can have on personal well-being.

Weil co-authored a chapter that discusses the identities of Latina grandmothers as they raise grandchildren.

Later this year, Rutgers University Press will release Weil's second book -- The New Neighborhood Senior Center: Redefining Social and Service Roles for the Baby Boom Generation. In a six-year ethnography of a working-class senior center in Queens, New York, she examines how political, social and economic institutions played a part in closing these centers.

Weil earned her Ph.D. in Sociology and Demography from Fordham University in 2007 and an M.P.H. from Columbia University in 1995. She is published in, and reviews, gerontology journals and presents at national conferences. Weil also earned a Certificate in Gerontology in 2008 from the Institute on Aging at Temple University's School of Medicine.

Mitra has a Ph.D. in Sociology from Temple and taught there and at the University of Pennsylvania before taking a position at Brookdale.

Donna Wagner, the president of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, endorses The New Neighborhood Senior Center by saying, "Weil has made a significant contribution to the field of gerontology in her engaging and comprehensive book."

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