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Queering Aging Futures
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Gender Studies.
Trent University, Peterborough.
2017 (English)In: Societies, ISSN 1090-9389, E-ISSN 2075-4698, Vol. 7, no 21, p. 1-11Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper explores the potential for cultural gerontology to extend its ideas of diversity in aging experiences by opening space to rethink conceptions of successful aging futures. We propose a ‘queering’ of aging futures that disrupts the ways that expectations of a good later life and happy aging are seen to adhere to some bodies and subjectivities over others. Drawing on feminist, queer, and crip theories, we build on existing critiques of ‘successful aging’ to interrogate the assumptions of heteronormativity, able-bodiedness and able-mindedness that shape the dividing lines between success and failure in aging, and which inform attempts to ‘repair’ damaged futures. Conclusions suggest that recognizing diversity in successful aging futures is important in shaping responses to the challenges of aging societies, and presents an opportunity for critical cultural gerontology to join with its theoretical allies in imagining more inclusive alternatives.

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2017. Vol. 7, no 21, p. 1-11
Keywords [en]
queer theory; cultural gerontology; gender; sexuality; aging; future; later life
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Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-33805DOI: 10.3390/soc7030021ISI: 000411995500005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-33805DiVA, id: diva2:1163210
Available from: 2017-12-06 Created: 2017-12-06 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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