Sex and Diversity in Later Life

Critical Perspectives

Edited by Trish Hafford-Letchfield, Paul Simpson and Paul Reynolds

Published

Nov 1, 2022

Page count

264 pages

Series

Sex and Intimacy in Later Life

ISBN

978-1447355410

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

May 27, 2021

Page count

264 pages

Series

Sex and Intimacy in Later Life

ISBN

978-1447355403

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

May 27, 2021

Page count

264 pages

Series

Sex and Intimacy in Later Life

ISBN

978-1447355434

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

May 27, 2021

Page count

264 pages

Series

Sex and Intimacy in Later Life

ISBN

978-1447355434

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press
Sex and Diversity in Later Life

Despite increased awareness of sexual diversity, older people's accounts of sex and intimacy remain marginalised.

This edited volume addresses diversity in sexual and intimate experience later in life (50+) and captures international research and analysis relating to intersectional identities. Contributors explore how being older intersects with differences of ethnicity, gender, sexuality and class.

Offering a critical focus and original contribution to an emerging, although still relatively neglected field, this collection extends knowledge concerning intimacies, practices and pleasures for those thought to represent normative, non-normative and 'new normative' forms of sexual identification and expression.

"This book is an excellent resource for social workers wishing to inform themselves so that they can better meet the needs of those who receive their support." British Journal of Social Work

“This much-needed book offers multiple pathways to understanding the richness and diversity of the sexual and intimate lives of older people. It sets an agenda we can no longer ignore.” Jeffrey Weeks, author of Between Worlds (2021)

"Accepting as a given intimacy in later life, this exciting new text explores a diversity of experiences, spanning ethnicity, gender, class and sexuality, making it essential reading for all." Damien W. Riggs, Flinders University

Paul Simpson has lectured at several northwest universities, including the Department of Sociology at the University of Manchester, and is currently an independent academic.

Paul Reynolds is Co-Convenor of the International Network for Sexual Ethics and Politics (INSEP) and Associate Lecturer with The Open University.

Trish Hafford-Letchfield is Professor of Social Work at the University of Strathclyde.

Series Editor Introduction ~ Paul Reynolds, Paul Simpson and Trish Hafford-Letchfield

Foreword ~ Diana K. Kwok

Sex and intimacy in later life: a survey of the terrain ~ Paul Reynolds, Paul Simpson and Trish Hafford-Letchfield

Sexual expression and pleasure among black minority ethnic older women ~ Debra Harley

Sexual desires and intimacy needs in older persons and towards the end of life ~ Karen Rennie

Heterosexual sex, love and intimacy in later life: what have older women got to say? ~ Trish Hafford-Letchfield

Sex and Ageing in Older Heterosexual Men ~ Josie Tetley and David Lee

Sex and Older Gay Men: An International Perspective ~ Peter Robinson

Thinking the Unthinkable: Older Lesbians, Sex and Violence ~ Megan Todd

Splitting hairs: Michel Foucault’s ‘heterotopia’ and bisexuality in later life ~ Christopher Wells

The age of rediscovery: what is it like to gender transition when you are 50 plus? ~ Laura Scarrone Bonhomme

Aging Asexually: Exploring Desexualization and Aging Asexual Intimacies ~ Ela Pryzbylo

Older people, sex and social class: unusual bedfellows? ~ Paul Simpson

Final reflections: themes on sex and intimacy in later life ~ Paul Reynolds, Paul Simpson and Trish Hafford-Letchfield