LBJ Professor Releases Book on the Challenges of Aging in Modern Society | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin

AUSTIN, Texas, July 19, 2017 – Jacqueline Angel, a professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, has released a new book on the challenges of caring for the aging.

In the book, titled “Family, Intergenerational Solidarity, and Post-Traditional Society,” Angel, with colleague Ronald Angel, addresses rapidly evolving moral and ethical dilemmas that define post-traditional society.

“In post-traditional society, individuals must deal with major life decisions in a very different moral and ethical context than in the past,” Angel said. “Technological and medical advances mean that complex decisions concerning reproduction, the prolongation of life and often its termination are placed in the hands of individuals and families who must make moral choices that in the past were in the hands of fate or the gods.”

Through a series of vignettes about a fictional family, Angel presents a range of real-life experiences and moral dilemmas commonly faced during the family life course. The authors argue we are all condemned to choices, and these choices can have profound implications for our families and society. Additionally, Angel examines the serious challenges facing social and public policy as state legislatures, the legal system and the federal government struggle to adapt to a post-traditional society.

“In post-traditional society, individuals must deal with major life decisions in a very different moral and ethical context than in the past." —Jacqueline Angel

Angel will present analysis from the book at the 2017 Conference Series on Aging in the Americas September 20–22. This conference series sets an agenda for understanding and improving the health and well-being of older Hispanic populations and their families, and aims to develop a consensus of healthful aging in this underserved and understudied ethnic group.

Angel is a leading expert in policies impacting the aging population. Her research addresses health and retirement issues in the U.S., with a focus on older minorities, the impact of social policy on the Hispanic population and Mexican American families. She is author/co-author/editor of 80 journal articles, 30 book chapters and 10 books. In addition to teaching at the LBJ School, Angel is a faculty affiliate at UT’s Population Research Center and the LBJ School’s Center for Health and Social Policy.

“Family, Intergenerational Solidarity, and Post-Traditional Society” was published by Routledge, a leading academic publisher in the humanities and social sciences.