Call for Papers: Cumulative Dis/Advantage: Innovations in Research and Theory (Journals of Gerontology Series B)




Journals of Gerontology Series B

Cumulative dis/advantage (CDA) perspectives are among the most inuential theoretical
frameworks in social gerontology. These perspectives argue that relatively small differences early
in life can widen over the life course, as early advantages beget further advantages, and early
adversities give rise to additional and accumulating adversities. Together, these processes
contribute to increasing inequality with age. e CDA model has been critical to understanding
and delineating life course influences that contribute to disparities in older adults’ economic,
physical, and psychological well-being.

Three decades have passed since the initial statements of CDA were published. Sociologist Dale
Dannefer has revisited key themes of this inuential model in his new article “Systemic and
Reexive: Foundations of Cumulative Dis/Advantage and Life-Course Processes”
( is article sheds light on underdeveloped and sometimes
misunderstood aspects of the framework, and oers an updated model that incorporates micro-,
meso-, and macro-level processes that contribute to inequalities over the life course. is rich and
thought-provoking article provides an ideal springboard for launching a new generation of
research on CDA.

In this special issue, we invite original research reporting cutting-edge empirical assessments of
cumulative dis/advantage perspectives, with an eye toward identifying conceptual advances and
expansions. Quantitative and qualitative approaches are welcome, and the use of longitudinal
data is encouraged.

Before submission, authors should carefully read the Social Sciences section of e Journals of
Gerontology Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences Author Guidelines located at: Queries regarding submissions should be sent to Deborah Carr (Editor) at Manuscripts should be uploaded to according to
the following timetable. Articles will be available in Online Advanced Access shortly after final
acceptance with an anticipated print publication date of July or September 2020.

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