1st Edition

Fundamentals of Feminist Gerontology

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ISBN 9780789007629
Published September 15, 1999 by Routledge
220 Pages

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Book Description

Explore feminist ideals and advocacy for aging women in health care, home life, work, and retirement!

Fundamentals of Feminist Gerontology strives to increase women’s self-esteem and their overall quality of life by encouraging education and by putting a stop to age, sex, and race discrimination. As a student or professional in psychology, social work, or gerontology, you will learn about feminist conceptions of retirement, economic issues, psychological issues, and social issues and will explore studies on old age discrimination and devaluation and sexism toward women in Western societies to gain an understanding of the experiences of these women.

This book also shows how some women are experiencing empowerment through alternative health care, such as mind-body therapies, homeopathy, aromatherapy, and herbal medicine and examines older women in the family context. Fundamentals of Feminist Gerontology will provide you with the tools to offer effective therapy to women to help them improve their own lives. For a complete list of contents, please visit our Web site at www.haworthpressinc.com.

Using feminist practice approaches, Fundamentals of Feminist Gerontology gives you real-life situations and examples that will raise awareness of the issues that rob older women of the quality of life they deserve. Some of the vital issues and theories you will read about in Fundamentals of Feminist Gerontology include:

  • women regaining control over their health care
  • retirement and the economic issues that older women face when they retire
  • the role of children and grandchildren in the older woman’s life
  • unpaid work after retirement in the home and as a care provider
  • older women battling domestic violence
  • financial and psychological issues of widowhood
  • special concerns of minority women and lesbians as they grow older

    Fundamentals of Feminist Gerontology presents new feminist knowledge and strategies to assist aging women in fully developing, enhancing, and enjoying their later years. You will discover a rich variety of theories and frameworks from a multitude of intellectual paradigms and political positions to enhance your professional practice with older women.

Table of Contents


  • Oldest Camper (Ruth Harriet Jacobs, PhD)
  • Feminism and Feminist Gerontology (J. Dianne Garner, DSW)
  • Older Women and the Health Care System: A Time for Change (N. Jane McCandless, PhD and Francis P. Conner, ACSW)
  • Alternative Therapies and Empowerment of Older Women (Susan Gaylord, PhD)
  • Women and Retirement (Virginia E. Richardson, PhD)
  • Older Women, Their Children, and Grandchildren: A Feminist Perspective on Family Relationships (Karen A. Roberto, PhD, Katherine R. Allen, PhD, Rosemary Blieszner, PhD)
  • Working with Abused Older Women from a Feminist Perspective (Linda Vinton, PhD)
  • Working with Terminally Ill Older Women: Can a Feminist Perspective Add New Insight and Direction? (N. Jane McCandless, PhD, Francis P. Conner, ACSW)
  • Older Women of Color: A Feminist Exploration of the Intersections of Personal, Familial, and Community Life (Kate Conway-Turner, PhD)
  • Negating Identity: A Feminist Analysis of the Social Invisibility of Older Lesbians (Elise M. Fullmer, PhD, Dena Shenk, PhD, Lynette J. Eastland, PhD)
  • A Feminist Model of Family Care: Practice and Policy Directions (Nancy R. Hooyman, PhD, Judith G. Gonyea, PhD)
  • Researching to Transgress: The Need for Critical Feminism in Gerontology (Ruth E. Ray, PhD)
  • Conclusions (J. Dianne Garner, DSW)
  • Overhaul (Ruth Harriet Jacobs, PhD)
  • About the Contributors
  • Index

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