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Middle-Aged Gay Men, Ageing and Ageism : Over the Rainbow? (Hardcover) (Paul Simpson)

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Is midlife for gay men the start of a slide towards the rejection, exclusion and misery associated with the spectre of the lonely old queen? Whilst exclusion is possible as gay men age, Middle Aged Gay Men, Ageing and Ageism offers a more nuanced view of gay ageing, using sociological tools to advance understanding beyond stereotypes. Based on observation and interview narratives, it examines diverse stories of gay ageing and ageism, analysing how some men use the resources of ageing to negotiate contradictions inherent to the gay scene and to challenge gay ageism. In doing so, it complicates stereotypical views that the gay scene is largely exclusionary of midlife/older men, and that they live atomized lives outside of family. It also demonstrates how men's attempts to create an authentic form of gay identity for themselves can lead to ageism towards older and younger gay men. The book concludes by defining a new cultural politics of gay ageing.

Is midlife for gay men the start of a slide towards the rejection, exclusion and misery associated with the spectre of the lonely old queen? Whilst exclusion is possible as gay men age, Middle Aged Gay Men, Ageing and Ageism offers a more nuanced view of gay ageing, using sociological tools to advance understanding beyond stereotypes. Based on observation and interview narratives, it examines diverse stories of gay ageing and ageism, analysing how some men use the resources of ageing to negotiate contradictions inherent to the gay scene and to challenge gay ageism. In doing so, it complicates stereotypical views that the gay scene is largely exclusionary of midlife/older men, and that they live atomized lives outside of family. It also demonstrates how men's attempts to create an authentic form of gay identity for themselves can lead to ageism towards older and younger gay men. The book concludes by defining a new cultural politics of gay ageing.

Number of Pages: 264.0
Genre: Social Science
Sub-Genre: Aging
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Author: Paul Simpson
Language: English
Street Date: September 29, 2015
TCIN: 46761490
UPC: 9781137435231
Item Number (DPCI): 247-51-7240

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