Ageing, the Body and the Gender Regime : Health, Illness and Disease Across the Life Course book cover
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Ageing, the Body and the Gender Regime
Health, Illness and Disease Across the Life Course

ISBN 9781138351929
Published July 18, 2019 by Routledge
202 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The current (postfeminist) gender order comprises a highly complex coexistence of old and new norms and expectations, freedom and constraints, within a neoliberal social order underpinned by individualism and involving a shift in gender performance by men and women.

Health, illness and disease at different points in the life course can be used as a vehicle to illuminate structural and cultural inequalities that persist despite several decades of progressive reform in western countries. This collection brings together a number of key researchers, both established and new to the field, and based across North America, Australia, the UK and Europe, and comprises both empirical and theoretical work. Drawing on a wide range of disciplinary fields, including medical sociology, medical anthropology, nursing, gender studies, sociology of risk and age studies, all authors use heath, well-being, illness and disease as a lens through which to explore the complexities and inequalities associated with late modernity.

This book will be of interest to scholars and students of age studies, medical sociology and anthropology, gender studies, healthcare and nursing.

Table of Contents


Susan Pickard

1. Embodying gender in the everyday: exploring space, body-scrutiny and safety

Julia Coffey and Helen Cahill

2. Unscrambling Risk, Contesting Expertise: The Case of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccine

Gabe Mythen and Mads P. Sørensen

3. Bodies and boundaries in three generations

Harriet Bjerrum Nielsen, Centre for Gender Research, University of Oslo

4. Contested chronic conditions fused with medical uncertainty: gendered perspectives

Olaug S. Lian

5. Reclaiming Menopause

Isabel de Salis


6. Beyond lipstick and woodwork. Why gender matters when living with dementia.

Geraldine Boyle


Barbara L. Marshall

8. Toward an Intersectional Approach to Health in Later Life: Incorporating Age Relations

Toni Calasanti and Neal King

9. Reproducing gender and smoking

Jude Robinson

10. Femininity and frailty through the life course

Susan Pickard



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Susan Pickard is Professor of Sociology at the Department of Soociology, Social Policy and Criminology at the University of Liverpool.

Jude Robinson is Professor in Health and Well-being at the Institute of Health and Well-being Social Sciences, University of Glasgow.