Overview

Women Ageing provides a better understanding of what ageing is like for women and challenges the myths which have grown up around the ageing process. Blending the scholarly, the personal and the political, it reveals the range of strategies and identities women adopt to manage the transitions of the second half of the life course. In doing so it uncovers not only the commonalities and the similarities between mid-life and older women, but also some of the variation and diversity relating to ethnicity and race, ...
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Women Ageing: Changing Identities, Challenging Myths

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Overview

Women Ageing provides a better understanding of what ageing is like for women and challenges the myths which have grown up around the ageing process. Blending the scholarly, the personal and the political, it reveals the range of strategies and identities women adopt to manage the transitions of the second half of the life course. In doing so it uncovers not only the commonalities and the similarities between mid-life and older women, but also some of the variation and diversity relating to ethnicity and race, class, disability and sexual orientation.
Women Ageing makes the ordinary lives of ordinary women as, in this instance, they grow older, more visible. Its findings have important implications for policy and practice. All those studying or working with older people, will find it an illuminating text.
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A thoughtful exploration of how women experience the process of getting older in British society. The population overall is living longer, but the demographic shift affects women and men unevenly because of differing survival rates. Chapters take scholarly, personal, and political tacks in considering issues such as whether older women feel their role is recognized and valued. Other topics include menopause, retirement, continuing education, widowhood, and long-term care. Contributors include gerontologists, social workers, and counselors. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781134657681
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/22/2005
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of contributors
Acknowledgements
Foreword
1 Women ageing: changing identities, challenging myths 1
2 'Women's work' and the transition to retirement 23
3 Working carers: caring workers 40
4 Our ageing selves: reflections on growing older 58
5 Menopause: a time of private change to a mature identity 74
6 Older women undergraduates: choices and challenges 93
7 Women's voices in bereavement 110
8 Widowhood in later life 127
9 Older women, long-term marriage and care 148
10 Women ageing: changing policy, challenging practice 168
Bibliography 179
Index 198
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