Handbook of Theories of Aging, Third Edition

Author: Dr. Vern L. Bengtson, PhD,Dr. Richard Settersten, Jr, PhD

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

ISBN: 0826129439

Category: Social Science

Page: 752

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This state-of-the-art handbook will keep researchers and practitioners in gerontology abreast of the newest theories and models of aging. With virtually all new contributors and content, this edition contains 35 chapters by the most highly respected luminaries in the field. It addresses theories and concepts built on cumulative knowledge in four disciplinary areas- biology, psychology, social sciences, and policy and practice- as well as landmark advances in trans-disciplinary science. With its explicit focus on theory, the handbook is unique in providing essential knowledge about primary explanations for aging, spanning from cells to societies. The chapters in the third edition place a strong emphasis on the future of theory development, assessing the current state of theories and providing a roadmap for how theory can shape research, and vice versa, in years to come. Many chapters also address connections between theories and policy or practice. Each set of authors has been asked to consider how theories in their area address matters of diversity and inequalities in aging, and how theories might be revised or tested with these matters in mind. The third edition also contains a new section, "Standing on the Shoulders of Giants," which includes personal essays by senior gerontologists who share their perspectives on the history of ideas in their fields, and on their experiences with the process and prospects of developing good theory. Hallmarks of the Third Edition: Highlights important gains in trans-disciplinary theories of aging Emphasizes the future of theory development Provides insights on theory development from living legends in gerontology Examines what human diversity and inequality mean for aging theories Emphasizes interconnections between theory, research, intervention, and policy Underscores international issues with greater representation of international authors Includes section introductions by the editors and associate editors that summarize theoretical developments Key Features: Highlights variability and diversity in aging processes, from the cellular level of biological aging to the societal level of public policy Provides insights on theory development from living legends in gerontology Offers intergenerational, interdisciplinary, and international perspectives Disseminates a forward-thinking, future-oriented focus in theory development
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Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences

Author: Linda George,Kenneth Ferraro

Publisher: Academic Press

ISBN: 0124172857

Category: Psychology

Page: 552

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Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences, Eighth Edition, presents the extraordinary growth of research on aging individuals, populations, and the dynamic culmination of the life course, providing a comprehensive synthesis and review of the latest research findings in the social sciences of aging. As the complexities of population dynamics, cohort succession, and policy changes modify the world and its inhabitants in ways that must be vigilantly monitored so that aging research remains relevant and accurate, this completely revised edition not only includes the foundational, classic themes of aging research, but also a rich array of emerging topics and perspectives that advance the field in exciting ways. New topics include families, immigration, social factors, and cognition, caregiving, neighborhoods, and built environments, natural disasters, religion and health, and sexual behavior, amongst others. Covers the key areas in sociological gerontology research in one volume, with an 80% update of the material Headed up by returning editor Linda K. George, and new editor Kenneth Ferraro, highly respected voices and researchers within the sociology of aging discipline Assists basic researchers in keeping abreast of research and clinical findings Includes theory and methods, aging and social structure, social factors and social institutions, and aging and society Serves as a useful resource—an inspiration to those searching for ways to contribute to the aging enterprise, and a tribute to the rich bodies of scholarship that comprise aging research in the social sciences
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Gerontology in the Era of the Third Age

Implications and Next Steps

Author: Dawn C. Carr, PhD,Kathrin S. Komp, PhD (C)

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780826105974

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

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The "third age" is described as the period in the life course that occurs after retirement but prior to the onset of disability, revealing a period in which individuals have the capacity to remain actively engaged. This book serves as a comprehensive discussion about how the emergence of the third age has changed the way we think about and examine traditional frameworks regarding aging issues and the life course. It introduces the discussion of the unique challenges and opportunities that older adults face while moving through this early phase of later life, proposing new frameworks, concepts, and methods to re-examine later life in the context of the era of the third age. This book proposes new ways of thinking about how we conceptualize the life course, think about the role of the welfare state in the lives of older people, negotiate social roles in later life, make meaning of our lives as we age, and cultivate relationships with others during later life. It brings together theoretical concepts and frameworks, methodological advances, and emerging themes and controversies that are redefining gerontology in the era of the Third Age. Highlighting important issues that warrant further exploration and discussion, this book advances our understanding of the Third Age and focuses attention on critical issues that should be addressed in future Third Age research and scholarly development. Key Features: Includes up-to-date description and analysis of the third age as a concept, life phase, and social status Addresses multiple perspectives to illustrate the impact of the third age on the way we examine later life Uses disciplinary perspectives such as social policy, demography, gerontology, sociology, social work, anthropology, and social psychology Examines mechanisms that stratify the older population in the context of the third age
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Issues in Aging

Author: Mark Novak

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317347080

Category: Social Science

Page: 576

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Opportunities and optimism in Aging. Issues in Aging, 3rd edition takes an optimistic view of aging and human potential in later life. This book presents the most up-to-date facts on aging today, the issues raised by these facts, and the societal and individual responses that will create a successful old age for us all. Mark Novak presents the full picture of aging--exhibiting both the problems and the opportunities that accompany older age. The text illustrates how generations are dependent on one another and how social conditions affect both the individual and social institutions. Learning Goals -Upon completing this book, readers will be able to: -Understand how large-scale social issues--social attitudes, the study of aging, and demographic issues--affect individuals and social institutions -Identify the political responses to aging and how individuals can create a better old age for themselves and the people they know -Separate the myths from the realities of aging -Recognize the human side of aging -Trace the transformation of pension plans, health, and opportunities for personal expression and social engagement to the new ecology of aging today
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Disciplinary Approaches to Aging: Sociology of aging

Author: Donna Lind Infeld

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780415938983

Category: Reference

Page: 368

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This volume is a comprehensive collection of critical essays on The Taming of the Shrew, and includes extensive discussions of the play's various printed versions and its theatrical productions. Aspinall has included only those essays that offer the most influential and controversial arguments surrounding the play. The issues discussed include gender, authority, female autonomy and unruliness, courtship and marriage, language and speech, and performance and theatricality.
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Sociology of aging

Author: Diana K. Harris,William Earle Cole

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)

ISBN: 9780395285282

Category: Social Science

Page: 463

View: 2586

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Aging in Society

An Introduction to Social Gerontology

Author: John Bond (BA.)

Publisher: Sage Publications

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 332

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This comprehensive textbook introduces the reader to the main approaches to understanding ageing. The book is clearly written and well structured. Each chapter has been specially commissioned from a leading expert in the field. Drawing on theoretical perspectives from sociology, psychology and biology, the authors show how each perspective focuses on different aspects of ageing, makes particular assumptions, uses concepts in distinct ways, poses specific questions and arrives at different explanations of the ageing process. These various approaches are shown to be complementary and contribute to our understanding of the ageing process in different ways. This text will help students to develop a fuller understanding of the key features of ageing. The reader is encouraged to be critical of studies which view old age as a social problem and those which stress the negative quality of public attitudes to old age. By explaining issues of ageing within the perspective of the whole life span andtaking a multidisciplinary perspective, the authors present a more positive view of human ageing. Ageing in Society has been developed by the British Society of Gerontology to fill the need for an introductory text which draws together approaches from a range of disciplines and professions involved in the study of ageing. This essential text will be required reading for students and academics across the social sciences taking courses on ageing and the life course; and for those working in the health and caring professions, social work and psychiatiric medicine.
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Family Ties and Aging

Author: Ingrid Arnet Connidis

Publisher: Pine Forge Press

ISBN: 1412959578

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 345

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This advanced textbook covers issues of family ties and aging broadly, the goal being to provide an integrated and thorough representation of what we know from the current research. Whereas books on families and aging have traditionally focused on ties to a spouse and to children and grandchildren, Family Ties & Aging is more extensive and more reflective of contemporary society. The text includes groups and relationships that typically receive short shrift, exploring such neglected populations as single, divorced, and childless older people and their family relationships, as well as sibling relationships among the elderly, live-in partnerships not formalized by marriage, and the kinds of family ties forged by gay and lesbian persons over the life course. The book weaves the vast range of information we now have about the many facets of family relationships and aging into a critical, comprehensive, and integrated whole.
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Aging, Globalization and Inequality

The New Critical Gerontology

Author: Jan Baars,Dale Dannefer,Chris Phillipson,Alan Walker

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351845918

Category: Psychology

Page: 304

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This book is a major reassessment of work in the field of critical gerontology, providing a comprehensive survey of issues by a team of contributors drawn from Europe and North America. The book focuses on the variety of ways in which age and ageing are socially constructed, and the extent to which growing old is being transformed through processes associated with globalisation. The collection offers a range of alternative views and visions about the nature of social ageing, making a major contribution to theory-building within the discipline of gerontology. The different sections of the book give an overview of the key issues and concerns underlying the development of critical gerontology. These include: first, the impact of globalisation and of multinational organizations and agencies on the lives of older people; second, the factors contributing to the "social construction" of later life; and third, issues associated with diversity and inequality in old age, arising through the effects of cumulative advantage and disadvantage over the life course. These different themes are analysed using a variety of theoretical perspectives drawn from sociology, social policy, political science, and social anthropology. "Aging, Globalization and Inequality" brings together key contributors to critical perspectives on aging and is unique in the range of themes and concerns covered in a single volume. The study moves forward an important area of debate in studies of aging, and thus provides the basis for a new type of critical gerontology relevant to the twenty-first century.
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Gerontology

Perspectives and Issues, Fourth Edition

Author: Kenneth F. Ferraro, PhD,Janet M. Wilmoth, PhD

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

ISBN: 0826109667

Category: Social Science

Page: 384

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This newest edition of a core graduate level textbook has added six new chapters to further enrich the ìgerontological imagination,î and encourage an interdisciplinary approach to the study of aging. Academically rigorous yet clear and accessible, the text provides the most current findings from leading gerontological researchers and practitioners. New and updated chapters examine biology, exercise science/nutrition, communication science, geriatric medicine and nursing, demography, anthropology, economics, human development, psychology, political science, sociology, social work, and law, to provide broadly drawn perspectives on the study of aging. Special emphasis is placed on current challenges regarding policy and service delivery in the face of fiscal uncertainty. Additionally, this new edition covers international outlooks on aging given the increasing influence of globalization on individual lives. By interweaving knowledge from a broad range of disciplines, Wilmoth and Ferraro have created a comprehensive picture of gerontology today that will enhance course instruction and provide a new window into the future of the discipline. New chapters address: Geriatric medicine and nursing Communication disorders and aging International and cross-cultural perspectives on aging Public policy and the needs of diverse aging populations Geriatric social work Legal perspectives on aging Key Features: Interweaves current gerontological research and ideas from multiple disciplines Addresses biology, psychology, human development, sociology, and economics as they relate to gerontology Presents additional disciplinary perspectives including exercise science/nutrition, communication science, geriatric medicine and nursing, demography, anthropology, political science, social work, and law. Includes Ferraroís classic chapter on ìThe Gerontological Imaginationî
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Learning to Be Old

Gender, Culture, and Aging

Author: Margaret Cruikshank

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 1442213663

Category: Social Science

Page: 296

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Margaret Cruikshank’s Learning to Be Old examines what it means to grow old in America today. The book questions social myths and fears about aging, sickness, and the other social roles of the elderly, the over-medicalization of many older people, and ageism. In this book, Cruikshank proposes alternatives to the ways aging is usually understood in both popular culture and mainstream gerontology. Learning to Be Old does not propose the ideas of “successful aging” or “productive aging,” but more the idea of “learning” how to age. Featuring new research and analysis, the third edition of Learning to be Old demonstrates, more thoroughly than the previous editions, that aging is socially constructed. Among texts on aging the book is unique in its clear focus on the differences in aging for women and men, as well as for people in different socioeconomic groups. Cruikshank is able to put aging in a broad context that not only focuses on how aging affects women but men, as well. Key updates in the third edition include changes in the health care system, changes in how long older Americans are working especially given the impact of the recession, and new material on the brain and mind-body interconnections. Cruikshank impressively challenges conventional ideas about aging in this third edition of Learning to be Old. This will be a must-read for everyone interested in new ideas surrounding aging in America today.
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Sociology of Ageing

A Reader

Author: Ajaya Kumar Sahoo,Gavin J. Andrews,S. Irudaya Rajan

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9788131601907

Category: Social Science

Page: 459

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Over the past thirty years, the sociological study of ageing has progressed from being a narrowly focused, modestly sized, problem-orientated sub-field of disciplinary inquiry to its current status as a distinct, extremely wide-ranging endeavor that deals with many aspects of older peoples' economic, social, and cultural lives. This volume brings together a broad range of theoretical essays and specific case studies by eminent scholars in the field. Sociology of Ageing: A Reader will be a useful resource for not only sociology students and professional sociologists, but also for those based in social anthropology, psychology, geography, population studies, politics, and cultural studies.
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Worlds of Difference

Inequality in the Aging Experience

Author: Eleanor Palo Stoller,Rose Campbell Gibson

Publisher: Pine Forge Press

ISBN: 9780761986645

Category: Social Science

Page: 360

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This collection of readings presents a variety of perspectives on ageing from different communities across the United States: Native American, Puerto Rican, African American, the elderly homeless, white working class, gay and Mexican amongst many others. The readings cover topics such as: life course; social and psychological contexts of ageing; paid and unpaid activity; the American family; and health.
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Cultures of Ageing

Self, Citizen and the Body

Author: Chris Gilleard,Paul Higgs

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317880153

Category: Psychology

Page: 232

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For undergraduate courses in sociology and psychology which examine ageing adulthood. This book focuses on the dramatic changes to the nature of post-retirement life experienced by people at the end of the twentieth century. It examines age and ageing in terms of the key preoccupations of contemporary sociology - citizenship, the body and the self. The book provides a platform for a new social gerontology that sees ageing as central to our understanding of social change. It examines social, cultural and political changes in Europe and North America to address the need for a text that moves the study of ageing from social policy towards the mainstream of social science.
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Ageing in Society

Author: John Bond,Sheila M Peace,Freya Dittmann-Kohli,Gerben Westerhof

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1848607245

Category: Social Science

Page: 384

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`Ageing in Society brings forth exciting new questions, fresh perspectives, and a necessary critical approach to key issues - this is indeed an authoritative introduction. The authors not only have made significant contributions to gerontology, but offer the reader considerations for what could be, not just what is, the design of old age in society. The book will inform students in ways that so many texts in the area, satisfied with comfortable bromides, do not' - Jaber Gubrium, Editor of Journal of Aging Studies, University of Missouri-Columbia `This completely revised Third Edition of Ageing in Society presents one of the most comprehensive pictures of ageing today. Emphasising the dual processes of ageing societies and the experience of ageing, the book offers the reader - student or researcher alike - cogent discussions of the most up to date perspectives and evidence available. The contributors are all leading experts in their fields - comprising a range of important disciplines as they apply to ageing. Ageing in Society is a cutting edge text on one of the most important subjects facing the modern world - a must for all students of ageing' - Mike Bury, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of London `The Third Edition of the comprehensive textbook Ageing in Society extends its scope to include continental Europe, allowing broader as well as deeper insights into recent trends in gerontology. Gerontologists and practitioners are urged not to stop reading before they have reached the insightful last chapter "Ageing into the future"!' - Professor Dorly Deeg, Editor-in-Chief European Journal of Ageing The Third Edition of this popular and widely-used text provides a comprehensive introduction to the study of ageing, exploring the key theories, concepts and methods which the behavioural and social sciences contribute to the subject. Thoroughly revised and updated, Ageing in Society reflects new trends in gerontology, incorporating recent developments in theory and research as well as major international and interdisciplinary perspectives. A new chapter on cognitive ageing has been added and key themes, such as social protection, retirement, health and illness, and cultural images of old age are also critically examined. Ageing in Society was developed by the British Society of Gerontology to fulfil the need for an authoritative introduction to social gerontology. As such, it is an ideal resource for students and lecturers in the social and behavioural sciences, as well as for students and practitioners in health and social care.
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Handbook of Sociology of Aging

Author: Richard A. Settersten, Jr.,Jacqueline L. Angel

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781441973740

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 689

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The Handbook of Sociology of Aging is the most comprehensive, engaging, and up-to-date treatment of developments within the field over the past 30 years. The volume represents an indispensable source of the freshest and highest standard scholarship for scholars, policy makers, and aging professionals alike. The Handbook of Sociology of Aging contains 45 far-reaching chapters, authored by nearly 80 of the most renowned experts, on the most pressing topics related to aging today. With its recurring attention to the social forces that shape human aging, and the social consequences and policy implications of it, the contents will be of interest to everyone who cares about what aging means for individuals, families, and societies. The chapters of the Handbook of Sociology of Aging illustrate the field’s extraordinary breadth and depth, which has never before been represented in a single volume. Its contributions address topics that range from foundational matters, such as classic and contemporary theories and methods, to topics of longstanding and emergent interest, such as social diversity and inequalities, social relationships, social institutions, economies and governments, social vulnerabilities, public health, and care arrangements. The volume closes with a set of personal essays by senior scholars who share their experiences and hopes for the field, and an essay by the editors that provides a roadmap for the decade ahead. The Handbook of Sociology of Aging showcases the very best that sociology has to offer the study of human aging.
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International Handbook of Population Aging

Author: Peter Uhlenberg

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781402083563

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 769

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The International Handbook of Population Aging examines research on a wide array of the profound implications of population aging. It demonstrates how the world is changing through population aging, and how demography is changing in response to it.
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Handbook of the Sociology of Mental Health

Author: Carol S. Aneshensel,Jo C. Phelan,Alex Bierman

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9400742762

Category: Social Science

Page: 636

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This second edition of the Handbook of the Sociology of Mental Health features theory-driven reviews of recent research with a comprehensive approach to the investigation of the ways in which society shapes the mental health of its members and the lives of those who have been diagnosed as having a mental illness The award-winning Handbook is distinctive in its focus on how the organization and functioning of society influences the occurrence of mental disorder and its consequences. A core issue that runs throughout the text concerns the differential distribution of mental illness across various social strata, defined by status characteristics such as gender, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and age. The contributions to this volume shed light on the social, cultural, and economic factors that explain why some social groups have an elevated risk of disorder. They also address the social repercussions of mental disorder for individuals, including stigmatization within the larger society, and for their families and social networks. The second edition of this seminal volume includes substantial updates to previous chapters, as well as seven new chapters on: -The Individual’s Experience of Mental Illness.--The Medicalization of Mental Illness.---Age, Aging, and Mental Health.- -Religion and Mental Health.- -Neighborhoods and Mental Health.- -Mental Health and the Law—and Public Beliefs about Mental Illness.
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Aging and The Life Course: An Introduction to Social Gerontology

Sixth Edition

Author: Jill Quadagno

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education

ISBN: 0077516095

Category: Social Science

Page: N.A

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Jill QuadagnoËs groundbreaking text Aging and the Life Course examines the relationship between quality of life in old age and its experiential catalysts. Throughout the text an emphasis is placed on the intersectionality of race, class, gender, and culture, and how these classifications affect quality of life. Students will come away with a broad background for understanding crucial and current policy debates.
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The New Politics of Old Age Policy

Author: Robert B. Hudson

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 1421414880

Category: Political Science

Page: 296

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As the average age of the U.S. population continues to increase, age-related policies have come under intense scrutiny, sparking heated debates. In the past, older people were seen as a frail, dependent population, but major policies enacted or expanded on their behalf have made them major players in electoral and interest-group politics. This thoroughly revised and updated edition of Robert B. Hudson’s The New Politics of Old Age Policy not only explains the politics behind the country’s age-based programs and describes how those programs work but also assesses how well—or poorly—they meet the growing and changing needs of older Americans. Essays by leading experts in political science, sociology, law, social work, and gerontology address, among other things, theoretical approaches to age-based policy; population dynamics and the impact of growing diversity within the older population; and national, state, and local issues associated with major age-based programs. More than any other source, this book presents the most current information on growing older in the United States, including in-depth analyses of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, housing initiatives, the Older Americans Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and tax policy. Detailed new chapters focus on financial security and retirement in the context of the Great Recession, diversity and inequality in aging populations, and implications of the Affordable Care Act. Scholars, students, and policymakers will appreciate the volume’s timely overview of the evolution of aging policy. -- Larry Polivka, The Claude Pepper Center
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