1st Edition

Aging Men, Masculinities and Modern Medicine

ISBN 9781138960251
Published September 4, 2015 by Routledge
224 Pages

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Book Description

Aging Men, Masculinities and Modern Medicine explores the multiple socio-historical contexts surrounding men’s aging bodies in modern medicine from a global perspective. The first of its kind, it investigates the interrelated aspects of aging, masculinities and biomedicine, allowing for a timely reconsideration of the conceptualisation of aging men within the recent explosion of social science studies on men’s health and biotechnologies including anti-aging perspectives.

This book discusses both healthy and diseased states of aging men in medical practices, bringing together theoretical and empirical conceptualisations. Divided into four parts it covers:

  • Historical epistemology of aging, bodies and masculinity and the way in which the social sciences have theorised the aging body and gender.
  • Material practices and processes by which biotechnology, medical assemblages and men’s aging bodies relate to concepts of health and illness.
  • Aging experience and its impact upon male sexuality and identity.
  • The importance of men’s roles and identities in care-giving situations and medical practices.

Highlighting how aging men’s bodies serve as trajectories for understanding wider issues of masculinity, and the way in which men’s social status and men’s roles are made in medical cultures, this innovative volume offers a multidisciplinary dialogue between sociology of health and illness, anthropology of the body and gender studies.

Table of Contents

Aging Men, Masculinities and Modern Medicine: An Introduction  Antje Kampf, Barbara L. Marshall and Alan Petersen  Part 1: Rethinking Concepts: Historical Perspectives  Chapter 1. Ageing, Embodiment and the Negotiation of the Third and Fourth Ages  Paul Higgs and Fiona McGowan  Chapter 2. Testosterone and the Pharmaceuticalization of Male Aging  Elizabeth Siegel Watkins  Chapter 3. ‘There Is A Person Here’: Rethinking Age(ing), Gender and Prostate Cancer  Antje Kampf  Part 2: Scientific and Health Discourses on Aging Men  Chapter 4. Aging Men: Resisting and Endorsing Medicalization Elianne Riska  Chapter 5. The Vicissitudes of ‘Healthy Ageing’: The Experiences of Older Migrant Men in a Rural Australian Community  Susan Feldman, Alan Petersen and Harriet Radermacher  Chapter 6. What A Difference A Gay Makes: The Constitution Of The "Older Gay Man"  William Leonard, Duane Duncan and Catherine Barrett  Part 3: Aging, Sexualities and Identities  Chapter 7. Decreasing Erectile Function and Age-Appropriate Masculinities in Mexico Emily Wentzell  Chapter 8. Enhancing Masculinity and Sexuality in Later Life Through Modern Medicine: Experiences of Polygamous Yoruba Men in Southwest Nigeria  Agunbiade Ojo Melvin  Chapter 9. "I Haven’t Died Yet" Navigating Masculinity, Aging and Andropause in Turkey  Maral Erol and Cenk Özbay  Part 4: Care Work  Chapter 10. Older Men: The Health And Caring Paradox  Kate Davidson  Chapter 11. Aging Men, Masculinity, and Alzheimer’s: Caretaking and Caregiving in The New Millennia  Bethany Coston and Michael Kimmel

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Antje Kampf holds a Junior Professorship for the History, Philosophy and Ethics of Medicine (Gender Aspects) at the School of Medicine of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany.

Barbara L. Marshall is Professor of Sociology at Trent University, Canada.

Alan Petersen is Professor of Sociology, School of Political and Social Inquiry, Monash University, Australia.