Title The Politics of a Majority-Minority Nation
Subtitle Aging, Diversity, and Immigration (Critical Topics in an Aging Society)
Author Juan Fernando Torres-Gil, Jacqueline L. Angel
ISBN 9780826194787
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 224
Book size 152 x 228 mm
Publishing year 2019
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“As the twin demographic shifts of population aging and diversity speed forward in America, it is hard to imagine a timelier or more needed work.”

­— Paul Irving, Chairman, Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging


This timely and critical book takes on a new phenomenon facing the United States and poses the stark question: Will the United States be prepared by 2050, when its older population doubles and we become a majority-minority society? In the authors’ response, scholars, policy leaders and the public are provided with the background and information that connects these two trends to contemporary public policy debates. Written with clarity and expertise, this book illuminates the changes and challenges that face the nation by concisely addressing a wide range of topics, including immigration reform, the politics of aging, and health and retirement security, and provides a glimpse of how the “next America” might look.

The authors draw on current data about longevity, diversity and the growing Hispanic population in particular, to unfold the social, cultural, policy and political implications for an aging and diversifying population. With case studies and real-world examples, the book outlines and analyzes the possible impact of this phenomenon on issues like governance, public benefits, the long term care work force and national security, and builds a broader framework with which to understand them. With combined experience in academia, government and policy advocacy, the authors tackle the dramatic changes occurring across the United States and offer a road map to not only understanding but addressing these challenges and opportunities with reason and responsibility.

Key Features:

  • Presents the most current statistics and data on demographics
  • Written by an interdisciplinary team with combined experience in academia, government and policy advocacy
  • Includes case studies and real-world examples to build a broader framework of understanding
  • Addresses social, policy, cultural and political challenges facing a rapidly changing population and offers rational and respectful responses



Foreword Julián Castro

Foreword Paul Irving

Foreword Lucille Roybal-Allard



Share The Politics of a Majority-Minority Nation: Aging, Diversity, and Immigration

Chapter 1. Momentous Changes

Chapter 2. Demography of the Next America

Chapter 3. Why It Matters: Tensions, Conflicts, and Consequences

Chapter 4. Who Will Care for Us? Caregiving, Retirement, and Old Age

Chapter 5. The Insecurities of an Aging Nation and Our Collective Fate

Chapter 6. America in a Global World: Population Aging, Foreign Workers, and National Security

Chapter 7. We Are in This Together: Envisioning a Unified and Diverse Society



About the Authors:

Juan Fernando Torres-Gil, PhD (Brandeis University), has a multifaceted career that spans the academic, professional, and policy arenas. He is professor of social welfare and public policy at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), adjunct professor of gerontology at the University of Southern California (USC), and director of the UCLA Center for Policy Research on Aging. He has served as associate dean and acting dean of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. His research on issues of the politics of aging, diversity, and health and long-term care, as well as on public policy challenges of entitlement reforms and the aging of the baby boomer cohort, have included seven authored and coedited books and more than 100 other publications, including The New Aging: Politics and Change in America (1991), Lessons on Aging From Three Nations (with S. Carmel and C. Morse, 2006), and Aging, Health, and Longevity in the Mexican-Origin Population (with J. Angel and K. Markides, 2012). His professional and public policy experiences are extensive and include serving three U.S. presidents: He was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to the Federal Council on Aging, by President Bill Clinton as the first U.S. Assistant Secretary on Aging, and by President Barack Obama as Vice Chair of the National Council on Disability. In addition, he has served as Staff Director for the U.S. House Select Committee on Aging; a board member of various organizations, including AARP and Justice in Aging; and a cochair of the National Academy of Sciences’ Forum on Aging, Disability, and Independence.

Jacqueline L. Angel, PhD (Rutgers University), is professor of public affairs and sociology and a faculty affiliate at the Population Research Center and LBJ School Center for Health and Social Policy at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA), examines the relationships linking family structures, inequality, and health across the life course, with a special focus on the impact of health and retirement policy on minority aging, the Hispanic population, and older Mexican Americans. She is the principal investigator of the NIA Conference Series on Aging in the Americas: U.S. and Mexico. Dr. Angel has authored, coauthored, or coedited 80 journal articles, 30 book chapters, and 11 books and edited collections. These include Family, Intergenerational and Post-Traditional Society and Latinos in an Aging World (with R. Angel, 2017); Challenges of Latino Aging in the Americas (with W. Vega, K. Markides, and F. Torres-Gil, 2015); and Handbook of Sociology of Aging (with R. Settersten, 2011). Dr. Angel is a fellow of the Behavioral and Social Sciences section of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and a senior fellow at the Sealy Center on Aging, University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) School of Medicine. She is a recipient of several awards, including the Jacob Institute of Women’s Health Charles E. Gibbs Leadership Prize for the best manuscript (2011), GSA Senior Service Scholar Award (2012), and Family Eldercare Jackie LeLong Leadership Award (2013). In 2017, Next Avenue named her among its Top 50 Influencers in Aging.

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Useful for gerontologists and social workers.

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