Facing Age: Women Growing Older in Anti-Aging Culture - Diversity and Aging (Hardback)Laura Hurd Clarke (author)
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Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 440 g
Dimensions: 240 x 164 x 18 mm
Laura Hurd Clarke masterfully demonstrates that the meanings women attribute to aging, physical and social reality, and cultural gender norms are influenced by their chronological age, genetics, and social location in culture and history. There is no better time for this book than now, as society is on the cusp of a blossoming of the number of older women. With shifting demographics and an aging of society as a whole, Facing Age is an important contribution to understanding the nexus of social norms related to age and gender. * Gender & Society *
Facing Age includes conversations with physicians who do nonsurgical treatments and an excellent analysis of media portrayals of the aging body as highly undesirable.... Clarke skewers the phony imagery in ads for anti-aging cosmetics, noting their battle metaphors: youthfulness if victorious, 'while agedness is beaten down into submission' and pushed to the bottom of the social hierarchy. * Women's Review of Books *
Laura Hurd Clarke's book provides a fascinating insight into the tensions facing women as they age, exploring the impact of the wider ageist culture on their day to day to day practices and experiences. Drawing on a series of research studies that range across the fields of cosmetic surgery, hair dyes, slimming regimes, beauty shops, magazines, Hurd Clarke vividly brings to life the voices and experiences of women as they age, providing a nuanced and politically committed account of their lives. The book is exceptionally well based in the literature.Of relevance not just to ageing, but embodiment, gender and the politics of beauty more generally, it will become a key text in the field. -- Julia Twigg, professor of social policy and sociology, University of Kent
This novel and insightful book is beautifully written, providing a rare integration of theoretical scholarship with rich empirical research on midlife and older women's beauty work in our anti-aging culture. Facing Age provides a profound analysis of women and ageing, which is destined to become a classic, and will be essential reading for researchers and students interested in ageing, gender studies and sociology of the body. -- Sara Arber, Professor, Co-Director, Centre for Research on Ageing and Gender (CRAG), University of Surrey, UK
This is not a book for the faint-hearted, but, then, as Bette Davis once said: 'Old age is no place for sissies.' Laura Hurd Clarke has given us a grimly unsettling, but eminently readable portrayal of growing older in a culture riddled by ageism and fear of the aging female body. -- Kathy Davis, senior researcher, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
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