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Age and Embodiment
Age and Embodiment
Background: constructing the rational body

We have argued in the preceding chapters that the age and gender regimes are mutually constitutive. In this chapter we will explore how this works in relation to embodiment through the life course. As also noted, gendered inequalities, inscribed first and foremost on the body, operate throughout the life course and work with and through age categories in order to do this. In previous chapters we have described how ‘dependency’ is structurally produced yet both individualized and located within the subjectivity: this chapter demonstrates how it is also inscribed upon the body at key points in the life course. The myth of permanence (a key part of age ideology) suggests that these early dispositions, once ...

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