“With great rigour, yet an enviable lightness of touch, Susan Pickard has written an engaging and accessible book that students will love.” – Rosaline Gill, City University London “A scholarly tour de force that brings into focus the various disciplines, histories, literatures and knowledges that have transformed us into modern subjects of age.” – Stephen Katz, Trent University Age Studies takes an invigorating approach to the study of age and ageing in contemporary society. Encompassing ageing throughout the life course, taking in childhood, adolescence, mid-life and older age, and situated explicitly within a sociological disciplinary framework, Age Studies: • Explores current social science debates on the study of ageing linking these to core sociological concepts. • Links theory and application, using a variety of examples and international case studies • Includes chapter summaries, further reading and guided questions. A thought-provoking companion to advanced undergraduates and postgraduate student studying ageing, older people, social gerontology and related courses.
Chapter 3: Gender Studies as a Paradigm for Age Studies
Gender Studies as a Paradigm for Age Studies
Background: the old body as outside culture
In the last chapter we suggested that the first step towards challenging the age system is to see it as a socially constructed system of stratification, with ideological and material aspects and with parallels to, and interconnections with, social class. Indeed, we suggested that age ideology is able to naturalize other forms of social stratification through positing age as something natural and inevitable. However, because there is likely to be considerable resistance (both at an individual and social level) to seeing age as other than natural, biologically determined and therefore incontestable, in this chapter I will suggest the use of some further analytic ...