Gender and Ageing
This book is a follow-up to Arber and Ginn's award winning Connecting Gender and Ageing (1995). It contains original chapters from eminent writers on gender and ageing, addressing newly emergent areas within gender and ageing, including gender identity and masculinity in later life. Early work on gender and ageing was dominated by a focus on older women. The present collection breaks with this tradition by emphasizing changing gender roles and relationships, gender identity and an examination of masculinities in midlife and later life.
A key theme running through the book is the need to reconceptualize partnership status, in order to understand the implications for women and men of widowhood, divorce and new forms of relationships, such as Living Apart Together (LAT-relationships). Another is the influence of socio-economic circumstances on how ageing is experienced and transitions are negotiated.
The book illustrates new ways of thinking about old age and indicates policy implications, especially concerning the nature of service provision for older people. It will change the ways in which social scientists conceptualize later life.
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Every social gerontologist needs to read this book. It is clear, rational and takes a new approach towards gender and ageing. The introduction is excellent.
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Chapter 01 CHANGING APPROACHES TO GENDER AND LATER LIFE
Chapter 02 CHANGING APPROACHES TO GENDER AND LATER LIFE
A GENDERED ISSUE
Chapter 07 SOCIAL NETWORKS AND SOCIAL WELLBEING
GETTING BY WITHOUT A SPOUSE