Available Open Access under CC-BY-NC licence. With an increasingly diverse ageing population, we need to expand our understanding of how social divisions intersect to affect outcomes in later life.
This edited collection examines ageing, gender, and sexualities from multidisciplinary and geographically diverse perspectives and looks at how these factors combine with other social divisions to affect experiences of ageing. It draws on theory and empirical data to provide both conceptual knowledge and clear ‘real-world’ illustrations.
The book includes section introductions to guide the reader through the debates and ideas and a glossary offering clear definitions of key terms and concepts.
“This is a comprehensive and detailed book, and it makes a distinctive contribution to the field… an essential and key text for all those interested in ageing and social justice issues.” International Journal of Ageing and Later Life
“A fresh, stimulating and contemporary approach to conceptualizing and responding to theories, research, policies and practices on ageing, gender and sexuality. This unrivalled global collection provides essential intersectional and multidisciplinary perspectives that challenge us all.” Trish Hafford-Letchfield, Middlesex University
Andrew King is Professor of Sociology at the University of Surrey where he is also Co-Director of the Centre for Research on Ageing and Gender.
Kathryn Almack is Professor of Health and Family Lives at the University of Hertfordshire. Her research has included a focus on LGBT older people, ageing and end of life care.
Rebecca Jones is a Senior Lecturer in Health at The Open University. She researches ageing, sexuality across the life course and especially sexuality in later life.
Foreword ~ Sara Arber;
Introduction: intersections of ageing, gender and sexualities ~ Andrew King, Kathryn Almack and Rebecca L. Jones;
PART 1: Theoretical interpolations;
On the intersection of age, gender and sexualities in research on ageing ~ Toni Calasanti;
The queer subject of ‘getting on’ ~ Yvette Taylor;
Transgender ageing: community resistance and well-being in the life course ~ Vanessa Fabbre and Anna Siverskog;
PART 2: Representations;
Endogenous misery: menopause in medicine, literature and culture ~ Elizabeth Barry
Representations of female ageing and sexuality: Penelope Lively’s Moon Tiger, Angela Carter’s Wise Children and Doris Lessing’s ‘The grandmothers’ ~ Maricel Oró Piqueras;
‘Last-minute mothers’: the construction of age and midlife motherhood in Denmark and Israel ~ Kinneret Lahad and Karen Hvidtfeldt Madsen;
PART 3: Dis/empowerments;
All change please: education, mobility and habitus dislocation ~ Jill Wilkens;
Insider or outsider? Issues of power and habitus during life history interviews with menopausal Iranian women ~ Elham Amini;
Sexual expression and sexual practices in long-term residential facilities for older people ~ Feliciano Villar;
Sexual and gender diversity, ageing and elder care in South Africa: voices and realities ~ Finn Reygan and Jamil Khan;
PART 4: Health and well-being;
Part Introduction ;
Health and well-being of lesbians, gay men and bisexual people in later life: examining the commonalities and differences from quantitative research ~ Mark Hughes;
Questioning the sexy oldie: masculinity, age and sexuality in the Viagra era ~ Raffaella Ferrero Camoletto;
Intersecting identities of age, gender and sexual orientation in gay and bisexual men’s narratives of prostate cancer ~ Julie Fish.