Gender and Aging

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Part of the Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research book series (HSSR)

Abstract

Over the last 30 years, the field of aging has been the site of an exceptional growth of research interest, yet it is only really within more recent social gerontology that the many varied experiences of older people are being acknowledged and explored through the intersection of race, ethnicity, sexuality, class, and, as many have argued, most importantly, gender. This chapter will show the importance of recognizing the gender dimension within the study of aging by exploring how using a “gendered eye,” or adopting a “gender lens” (Calasanti and Slevin 2001) not only reveals neglected issues for older people, but is also fundamentally important in thinking about the study of old age at a time when the growth in the aging population is unprecedented.

Keywords

Migration Europe Income Posit Arena 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Research on Ageing and Gender (CRAG) Department of Sociologythe University of SurreySurreyUK

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