The new edition of Key Concepts in Gender Studies is a lively and engaging introduction to this dynamic field. Thoroughly revised throughout, the second edition benefits from the addition of nine new concepts including Gender Social Movements, Intersectionality and Mainstreaming. Each of the entries: • begins with a concise definition • outlines the history of each term and the debates surrounding it • includes illustrations of how the concept has been applied within the field • offers examples which allow a critical re-evaluation of the concept • is cross-referenced with the other key concepts • ends with guidance on further reading. A must-buy for undergraduate and postgraduate students in a range of social science and humanities disciplines.



In simple terms, ageing is a process of growing older, signalled in many cultures by the passing of birthdays. From a sociological perspective, however, age is more than merely how old a person is in numerical terms. It is understood as a complex interweaving of several processes, including physiological ageing and the socio-cultural significance attached to its effects on the appearance and capacities of our bodies and minds over time; social ageing, in terms of the life course and its stages (the culturally defined timetable of expected behaviours deemed as appropriate for individuals of particular ages within any one society); and cohort ageing, marked by the period of history an individual is born into and which thereafter affects their experiences, opportunities and their world-views ...

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