Older Men

Wednesday, 13 July 2016: 16:00-17:30
Location: Hörsaal 42 (Main Building)
RC11 Sociology of Aging (host committee)

Language: English

In this session we would like to pay attention to the limited amount of scientific discussion dedicated to gender aspects of the ageing process. Research in social gerontology bears witness to the fact that women increasingly outnumber men in the usual “old age” categories. This can be ascribed to the demographic profile of an ageing population as well as to gender inequalities in various domains of women’s lives. 
Many social scientists problematize the use of the standard “male” model to reflect the typical life course and experience of ageing (e.g. the three-stage life cycle of education, work and retirement). As a result, or an unintended consequence, the main focus of the last few decades of ageing research has been addressed mostly to women. However, we can ask the following questions: Is the male experience of ageing still as homogenous and “typical” as before? In what forms and ways, and under what circumstances do contemporary men experience the ageing process?
In this session we would like to point to the need to make a “male” turn and discuss these and similar questions. Therefore, we invite researchers to submit papers dealing with the roles, relationships, identities, and practices of older men, e.g. in relation to the corporality, health status, sexuality, “untraditional” domains of men’s lives, etc.
The papers are expected to explore the intersections of age, identity and masculinity that may influence the different ways in which manhood is understood, experienced and enacted. Varieties of theoretical and methodological backgrounds are welcome.
Session Organizer:
Marcela PETROVA KAFKOVA, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
Shifting Masculinities in Later Life - a Review of Research 2000-2015
Miranda LEONTOWITSCH, Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main, Germany; Insa FOOKEN, Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main, Germany; Rafaela WERNY, Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main, Germany; Frank OSWALD, Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Age, Sex, and Happiness Among Men
Cynthia CREADY, University of North Texas, USA; Adam OKULICZ-KOZARYN, Rutgers University, USA
An Aging Male Turn in the Study of Hegemony
Neal KING, Virgnia Tech, USA
Older Canadian Men's Perceptions and Experiences of Physical Activity
Laura HURD CLARKE, The University of British Columbia, Canada; Joseph KUGLER, School of Kinesiology, The University of British Columbia, Canada; Philip YAN, School of Kinesiology, The University of British Columbia, Canada
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