The Kaleidoscope of the Sociology of Aging Seen through the French-Speaking Field

Nathalie Burnay, Cornelia Hummel, Ingrid Voléry

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How does French-language sociology deal with aging? This is the question posed by this contribution, which explores articles published within the past fifteen years in various French-language scientific journals. Through a systematic review of the scientific literature, we analyze the evolution of topics in the sociology of aging through five well-known French-language journals of sociology. Three of them are generalist journals (Revue française de sociologie, Revue suisse de sociologie, Recherches sociologiques et anthropologiques), from France, Switzerland, and Belgium respectively. The remaining two journals, both from France, are specifically devoted to the study of aging (Gérontologie et société, Retraite et société). The results invite further exploration of the influence of the national contexts in which French-speaking European sociologies are structured.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)342-365
JournalThe American Sociologist
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2017


  • Aging
  • History of sociology
  • Meta-analysis
  • Scientific publishing

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