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.

Making Gender Visible in Public Policy

Making Gender Visible in Public Policy

Making gender visible in public policy
Judith G.Gonyea

It is increasingly evident that men and women do not experience the same quality of life in their later years. The central question to be explored in this chapter is whether these gender differences are derived only from the variations in personal, social, and economic resources men and women bring to the Third Age of their lives or whether they are also the result of political decisions regarding entitlements, rewards, and resources. The analysis will not only encompass the interaction of gender and age but also examine how ethnicity or race intertwines with age and gender to influence well-being. It is the thesis of this chapter that inequities experienced earlier in life are ...

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