Gay Men’s Working Lives, Retirement and Old Age

  • Peter Robinson

Part of the Genders and Sexualities in the Social Sciences book series (GSSS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Peter Robinson
    Pages 1-35
  3. Peter Robinson
    Pages 37-83
  4. Peter Robinson
    Pages 85-124
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    Pages 125-160
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    Pages 161-214
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    Pages 215-251
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    Pages 253-266
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 267-291

About this book


This book examines the working lives, retirement plans, and old age experiences of three generations of gay men born 1924–86. It draws on data collected from interviews with 82 men in Australia, England, New Zealand, and USA. The first half of the book concentrates on the men’s working lives, while the second half of the book explores the interviewees’ concerns about old age and retirement. The author analyses the men’s contrasting stories, highlighting key generational differences in their experience of being ‘out’ in the workplace and the dominant work narratives which emerge in each age group. This important work will have cross-disciplinary appeal to scholars of sociology, gerontology, health sciences, gender, queer, and gay and lesbian studies, as well as practitioners.


work narrative sexuality working lives casualisation of employment sexuality and work ageing gerontology baby boomer generation HIV-AIDS gay-marriage homophobia gay community GLB retirement privatisation pension gay men welfare state

Authors and affiliations

  • Peter Robinson
    • 1
  1. 1.Arts, Social Science and HumanitiesSwinburne University of TechnologyHawthornAustralia

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