on “queering” gerontology

Writing in the new journal Age Culture Humanities, Chris Gilleard of London’s University College salutes the cultural turn in age studies and its attendant view of aging as socially and culturally constructed (along with race, gender, disability, and sexuality). Within this broader framework, aging studies “queers” its older and more established partner, gerontology, Gilleard observes. He also raises interesting questions about the risks of taking this too far. “Is it really only the state that makes our date of birth an unchanging aspect of our identity? Is it only the market that tricks us into fearing growing old? Is it just the operation of bio-politics that divides up our lives into distinct sequences? Can we risk ignoring the corporeal systems we have in common with other living beings?”  Good stuff.

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