Women and Aging

An International, Intersectional Power Perspective

Editors: Muhlbauer, Varda, Chrisler, Joan C., Denmark, Florence L. (Eds.)

  • One of the only books that focuses on women over 60 and the recent developments in the many facets of power and the ways in which they affect the lives of older women
  • Elaborates on issues of importance to older women in relation to personal power and status in gendered-age power structures
  • Draws attention to the growing differences in regard to both the meaning of gendered-age identity and the degree of choice that older women have in controlling their lives
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About this book

These are paradoxical times to be an older woman. As individual older women take the stage as role models in the arts and the public sphere, female elders as a group are marginalized as dependent, declining and unimportant.

Women and Aging surveys the evolving sociopolitical landscape in an era still struggling with gender and age discrimination. This insightful volume recasts familiar concepts such as social roles, appearance, health, sexuality and transition through the related lenses of empowerment/restraint and quality of life/well-being for a deeper understanding of the disparities that exist both with men and within their own gender. Two especially relevant questions emerge from this framework: how women over 60 are contributing to the current climate of societal change and how these positive developments can improve the lives of older women as a whole. Featured topics analyze the wider implications of older women's experiences as family members, sensual and sexual beings, drivers of economies and members of a diverse population worldwide:

  • Older women, power and the body.
  • Older women, economic power and consumerism.
  • The impact of multiple roles on older women: Strain or enrichment?
  • Older women, leadership and encore careers.
  • Sexuality in older women: Desirability and desire.
  • Lesbians over 60: Newer every day.
  • Clinical interventions to empower older women.

A significant advance in femi

nist research, Women and Aging brings path-breaking perspectives to scholars in women’s studies, gerontology, psychology, sociology, social work and human development, whether they study women who have overcome barriers or those who need support in changing the rules.

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These are paradoxical times to be an older woman. As individual older women take the stage as role models in the arts and the public sphere, female elders as a group are marginalized as dependent, declining, and unimportant.

 

Women and Aging surveys the evolving sociopolitical landscape in an era still struggling with gender and age discrimination. This insightful volume recasts familiar concepts such as social roles, appearance, health, sexuality, and transition through the related lenses of empowerment/restraint and quality of life/well-being for a deeper understanding of the disparities that exist both with men and within their own gender. Two especially relevant questions emerge from this framework: how women over sixty are contributing to the current climate of societal change, and how these positive developments can improve the lives of older women as a whole. Featured topics analyze the wider implications of older women's experiences as family members, sensual and sexual beings, drivers of economies, and members of a diverse population worldwide:

 

  • Older women, power, and the body.
  • Older women, economic power, and consumerism.
  • The impact of multiple roles on older women: Strain or enrichment?
  • Older women, leadership, and encore careers.
  • Sexuality in older women: Desirability and desire.
  • Lesbians over 60: Newer every day.
  • Clinical interventions to empower older women.

 

A significant advance in feminist research, Women and Aging brings path-breaking perspectives to scholars in women’s studies, gerontology, psychology, sociology, social work, and human development, whether they study women who have overcome barriers or those who need support in changing the rules.

Reviews

“This is an important book for scholars and students of gender as well as for scholars and students of the aging process, providing a critical summary of existing research as well as where existing conceptualizations and theoretical framings make or miss the mark for this important subgroup. … And it is easy to read, providing an international and interdisciplinary window in a decidedly unlabored fashion.” (Phyllis Moen, Sex Roles, Vol. 74, 2016)

“With its extensive current literature reviews, its superior writing, and its attempt to offer suggestions for empowerment and agency of older women, it is a rare find. As such, I strongly recommend that feminist scholars, gerontologists, activists, advocates and policy makers read and learn from this book. Professors teaching classes on sociology, psychology of women, gender, women’s studies, and gerontology would do well to require Women and Aging … as a primary source for students’ reading assignments.” (Carol A. Gosselink, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 60 (34), August, 2015)


Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Muhlbauer, Varda

    Pages 1-7

  • Older Women, Power, and the Body

    Chrisler, Joan C. (et al.)

    Pages 9-30

  • Older Women, Economic Power, and Consumerism

    Schein, Andrew J. (et al.)

    Pages 31-49

  • The Impact of Multiple Roles on the Well-being of Older Women: Strain or Enrichment?

    Kulik, Liat

    Pages 51-69

  • Older Women, Leadership, and Encore Careers

    Denmark, Florence L. (et al.)

    Pages 71-88

Buy this book

eBook $99.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-09306-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-09305-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $129.00
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: October 27, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-319-34339-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Women and Aging
Book Subtitle
An International, Intersectional Power Perspective
Editors
  • Varda Muhlbauer
  • Joan C. Chrisler
  • Florence L. Denmark
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-09306-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-09306-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-09305-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-34339-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 172
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