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Older Men's Lives

Edited by:
  • Edward H. Thompson - College of Holy Cross, Sociology and Anthropology, USA, Holy Cross College, USA


June 1994 | 276 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The first comprehensive exploration on the subject of older men, Older Men's Lives offers a multidisciplinary portrait of men and their concerns in later life. Using both a life-course and gendered perspective, the contributors to this collection of original articles point out that the image and self-image of men are continuously reconstructed over the life cycle. They examine older men's position in society and the changes wrought in their status and roles over time. Their relationship with their spouses, children, grandchildren, and friends are also explored, as are policy implications of a gendered, life-cycle view of masculinity. This volume also discusses faith development in older men, masculinity identity from work to retirement, older men's sexuality, and older men's friendship patterns. Older Men's Lives will be of interest to professionals and students interested in gender, men's studies, gerontology, and sociology. "This book begins to remedy the lack of information and provides data and research on aging men. . . .The strength of this book is the specificity of its focus. By focusing solely on male concerns the book is able to identify issues in the male aging process and discuss them on their own terms rather than simply as a contrast to females." --Clinical Gerontologist

 
PART ONE: THE SOCIAL MEANING OF AGE AND GENDER
Edward H Thompson, Jr
Older Men as Men in Contemporary Society
 
PART TWO: BECOMING AN OLDER MAN: DEVELOPMENTAL PERSPECTIVES
George E Vaillant
`Successful Aging' and Psychological Well-Being
Evidence from a Forty-Five Year Study

 
Kenneth Solomon and Peggy A Szwabo
The Work Oriented Culture
Success and Power in Elderly Men

 
David L Gutmann and Margaret Hellie Huyck
Development and Pathology in Post-Parental Men
A Community Study

 
Barbara Pittard Payne
Faith Development of Older Men
Theodore J Gradman
Masculinity Identity from Work to Retirement
 
PART THREE: THE SOCIAL WORLDS OF OLDER MEN
William Marsiglo and Richard A Greer
A Gender Analysis of Older Men's Sexuality
Social, Psychological, and Biological Dimensions

 
Patricia M Keith
A Typology of Orientations Toward Household and Marital Roles of Older Men and Women
Rebecca G Adams
Older Men's Friendship Patterns
Sarah Matthews
Men's Ties to Siblings in Old Age
Contributing Factors to Availability and Quality

 
Jeanne L Thomas
Old Men as Fathers and Grandfathers
Leonard Kaye and Jeffery Applegate
Older Men and the Family Caregiving Orientation
 
PART FOUR: GENDER AND AGE POLICY
Judith Gonyea
Making Gender Visible in Public Policy

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