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Aging Men, Masculinities and Modern Medicine

1st Edition

Edited by Antje Kampf, Barbara L. Marshall, Alan Petersen


224 pages

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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 Chapter11. Aging Men, Masculinity, and Alzheimer’s: Caretaking and Caregiving in The New Millennia Bethany Coston and Michael Kimmel

About the Editors

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.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the Sociology of Health and Illness

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Men's Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Disease & Health Issues