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Queering Aging Futures

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  • Linn J. Sandberg

    () (Department of Culture and Education, Södertörn University, 141 89 Huddinge, Sweden)

  • Barbara L. Marshall

    () (Department of Sociology, Trent University, Peterborough, ON K9J 0G2, Canada)

Abstract

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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  • Linn J. Sandberg & Barbara L. Marshall, 2017. "Queering Aging Futures," Societies, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 7(3), pages 1-11, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsoctx:v:7:y:2017:i:3:p:21-:d:110447
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    Keywords

    queer theory; cultural gerontology; gender; sexuality; aging; future; later life;

    JEL classification:

    • A13 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Social Values
    • A14 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Sociology of Economics
    • P - Economic Systems
    • P0 - Economic Systems - - General
    • P1 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems
    • P2 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies
    • P3 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions
    • P4 - Economic Systems - - Other Economic Systems
    • P5 - Economic Systems - - Comparative Economic Systems
    • Z1 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics

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