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Exploring Aging Masculinities

The Body, Sexuality and Social Lives


About this book


This book challenges prevailing negative representations of aging men, which often revolve around a vision of inevitable decline due to retirement from the labour market. It offers an in-depth exploration of their lived, embodied experiences that takes advantage of extended interviews and commentaries. The diversity of aging men's experiences are investigated and include: different levels of physical competence; coming to terms with Parkinson's disease; the sexual practices of heterosexual and homosexual aging men; the caring strategies of aging male caregivers looking after their chronically ill partners, and; the survival strategies of ethnically diverse and working class men.
Exploring Aging Masculinities reveals that the aging process can provoke changes in the masculine identities of older men. The loss of social power and status, physical capacity and sexual potency in some aging men often leads to critical reassessment, life review and transitions. This book will be of great interest to those working in the sociology of aging and social policy, as well as professionals working with older men.


Age aging bodies sexuality caring gender masculinity disability working class class agency relisience difference identity health sociology labor market methodology social policy

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.UK

About the authors

David Jackson is an independent researcher and a member of the Nottingham Pensioners' Action Group. Over the last fifteen years he has focused on aging men's issues, and has set up aging men's groups and, with others, a memory work group. He has also written Unmasking Masculinity: A Critical Autobiography and Challenging Macho Values: Practical Ways of Working with Adolescent Boys (with Jonathan Salisbury).

Bibliographic information


"[This] book disrupts thinking and practice on men and masculinities, on age, class, gender and sexuality, and is important for policy and politics, for carers, professionals, and of course older people themselves and ourselves." - Jeff Hearn, Professor, Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki, Finland; Örebro University, Sweden, and; University of Huddersfield, UK