Age Matters: Realigning Feminist Thinking

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Toni M. Calasanti, Kathleen F. Slevin
Taylor & Francis, 2006 - Social Science - 353 pages
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This volume of original chapters is designed to bring attention to a neglected area of feminist scholarship - aging. After several decades of feminist studies we are now well informed of the complex ways that gender shapes the lives of women and men. Similarly, we know more about how gendered power relations interface with race and ethnicity, class and sexual orientation. Serious theorizing of old age and age relations to gender represents the next frontier of feminist scholarship. In this volume, leading national and international feminist scholars of aging take first steps in this direction, illuminating how age relations interact with other social inequalities, particularly gender. In doing so, the authors challenge and transform feminist scholarship and many taken for granted concepts in gender studies.


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Age Matters
The Legacy of Betty Friedman
Age Relations and the Feminist Study of Inequality
Resexing the Aging Body
New Directions in Feminist Analyses of Aging Science and Technology
Learning from Later Life Experience
A Very Grand Opening
Unpaid Care Work and Chicanas
Temporal Perspectives in the MidtoLater Life Transition
Chapter 11 The Embodied Experiences of Old Lesbians
Lessons from Spousal Care Work
Hegemonic Masculinities and Emphasized Femininities
Chapter 14 On Being an Aging Woman
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The Case of Unemployed Older Workers

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Toni M. Clasanti is Professor of Sociology at Virginia Tech.
Kathleen F. Slevin is Sociology Professor at College of William and Mary.
They co-authored the book: Gender Social Inequalities, and Aging (2001).

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