In this multidisciplinary portrait of men and their concerns in later life, the contributors use both a life course and gendered perspective to point out that the image and self-image of men are continually reconstructed throughout the life cycle. Issues examined include: the position of older men in society and the changes wrought in their status and roles over time; men's relationships to spouse, children, grandchildren and friends; and policy implications.

Older Men as Invisible Men in Contemporary Society

Older Men as Invisible Men in Contemporary Society

Older men as invisible men in contemporary society
Edward H.Thompson, Jr

As the 21st century approaches, academic researchers, journalists, professional caregivers, and other opinion makers are beginning to see a shortcoming in our discourse on class, race, and gender. We have ignored age. Marginalization of elders might feel wrong and yet be in perfect accord with ongoing discussions. The collective effort in this book is to call attention to one group of elders: older men. It is timely, acknowledging that “older men” are a distinct group of men and elders. Their gendered experiences and social lives are different from women their age as well as younger men. It is timely also to look inside the elderly male population to ...

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