A Certain Age: Women Growing Older

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Allen & Unwin, 1999 - Family & Relationships - 214 pages
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We know that the population is getting older and that there are more older women than older men. Yet, women of a certain age are almost invisible in the media and popular culture. This text explores why this is so and examines the public and private worlds of older women.
 

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Contents

Positioning older women
3
mass media women and ageing
17
Meanings of home in the lives of older women
36
womens visual
56
a pedagogy
73
older womens fitness programs
87
older women in small business
101
Social capital volunteerism and older women
134
a conversation with
155
The ache of frequent farewells
182
Index
209
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About the author (1999)

Marilyn Poole is Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Inquiry at Deakin University. Susan Feldman is the Director of the Alma Unit on Women and Ageing at the University of Melbourne and co-editor of Something That Happens to Other People.

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