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Sex and Intimacy in Later Life

Series Editors: Paul Simpson, Independent Academic, Paul Reynolds, and Trish Hafford-Letchfield, University of Strathchclyde

Older people are commonly characterised as non-sexual, or their sexuality is considered a superficial concern in comparison to health, public services and pensions. This is despite evidence of an increase in sexual engagement amongst older people. Little academic attention has been given to this subject, or to the impact that this may have, such as increased rates of STI transmission or implications of healthy sex lives for care institutions.

This new, internationally-focused series will build on, extend and deepen knowledge of sexual practice amongst older people. Pulling together work by established and emerging scholars across a range of disciplines, it will cover the experiential, empirical and theoretical landscapes of sex and ageing.

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Call for proposals

The Series Editors welcome proposals for books that represent current and innovative research on age, sex and sexuality. They particularly welcome books on the following themes:

  • Understanding older people’s sexual and intimate lives
  • Policy and practice change in supporting older people’s sexual and intimate lives
  • Technology and older people’s sexual and intimate lives
  • Recognition, diversity and sub-cultures in older people’s sexual and intimate lives
  • Representations of older people’s sexual and intimate lives and their effects
  • Constraints on older people’s sexual and intimate lives and challenging any unequal and unreasonable restrictions


If you would like to discuss a proposal, please direct your email to the Series Editors below:

Paul Simpson: simpsonp@edgehill.ac.uk
Paul Reynolds: sexethicspolitics@gmail.com
Trish Hafford-Letchfield: trish.hafford-letchfield@strath.ac.uk