“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 6: 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 ...