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The Gerontological Imagination at Work in Scientific Communities 

The Gerontological Imagination at Work in Scientific Communities
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The Gerontological Imagination at Work in Scientific Communities
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Kenneth F. Ferraro

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10.1093/med/9780190665340.003.0008
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date: 09 December 2019

Specified in six axioms, the gerontological imagination enables scholars from a variety of fields to comprehend core concepts and ideas in the study of aging. This chapter highlights the interrelatedness of the axioms and outlines ways to apply this interdisciplinary paradigm in research on aging. A paradigm for the study of any subject matter is a sign of intellectual maturity, but the scientific community of those who study aging remains a loosely connected network, largely embedded in disciplines. A coherent paradigm for gerontology will aid research on aging in those disciplines and accelerate the evolution of gerontology as a field of study.

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