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The first comprehensive exploration on the subject of older men, Older Men's Lives offers a multidisciplinary portrait of men and their concerns in later life. Using both a life course and gendered perspective, the contributors to this collection of original articles point out that the image and self-image of men are continuously reconstructed over the life cycle. They examine older men's position in saciety and the changes wrought in their status and roles over time. Their relationships with their spouses, children, grandchildren, and friends are also explored, as are policy implications of a gendered, life cycle view of masculinities. This volume also discusses faith development in older men, masculine identities from work to retirement, older men's sexuality, and older men's friendship patterns.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Older Men as Invisible Men in Contemporary Society 1
2 "Successful Aging" and Psychosocial Well-Being: Evidence From a 45-Year Study 22
3 The Work-Oriented Culture: Success and Power in Elderly Men 42
4 Development and Pathology in Postparental Men: A Community Study 65
5 Faith Development in Older Men 85
6 Masculine Identity From Work to Retirement 104
7 A Gender Analysis of Older Men's Sexuality: Social, Psychological, and Biological Dimensions 122
8 A Typology of Orientations Toward Household and Marital Roles of Older Men and Women 141
9 Older Men's Friendship Patterns 159
10 Men's Ties to Siblings in Old Age: Contributing Factors to Availability and Quality 178
11 Older Men as Fathers and Grandfathers 197
12 Older Men and the Family Caregiving Orientation 218
13 Making Gender Visible in Public Policy 237
Name Index 256
Subject Index 266
About the Authors 272
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