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Journal Cover RASP - Research on Ageing and Social Policy
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   ISSN (Print) 2014-6728
   Published by Hipatia Press Homepage  [14 journals]
  • Editorial. Old Age and Gender. Some Concepts to Analyze and Debate

    • Pages: 1 - 21
      Abstract: This article includes an introduction to the special issue on "Old Age and Gender", a review of some concepts to analyze and debate, and a presentation of the selected papers.
      PubDate: 2016-01-30
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 1 (2016)
  • Volume 4, Number 1. Full Issue: Old Age and Gender

    • Authors: Rasp Editors
      Pages: 1 - 153
      PubDate: 2016-01-30
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 1 (2016)
  • The Widowed Women in Spain

    • Pages: 22 - 44
      Abstract: In Spain, little knowledge exists on the living arrangements of the widowed women. This paper approaches the above mentioned object of study from a sociological perspective. The theoretical exposition gathers contributions of researches realized in other countries where this question has been treated, considering if they live alone, if they share the home with children and/or with relatives of other generations, or if they have returned to find couple. A descriptive empirical analysis is carried out, using secondary information proceeding from several censuses of population, which reveals the continuous expansion that living alone is registering, and the detriment of the intergenerational conviviality. It is also necessary to emphasize how the living arrangements change depending on the life course and, from the sociodemographic perspective, how the widowhood tends to intensively be concentrated in the old age.
      PubDate: 2016-01-30
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 1 (2016)
  • Old Age and Gender in Brazilian Anthropology

    • Authors: Andrea Moraes-Alves
      Pages: 46 - 68
      Abstract: This article presents a panorama of the ethnographic Brazilian production on gender and old age. The text explores some pioneering researches on the topic and indicates possible developments. The tradition of anthropologic research on gender and old age in Brazil began between the years 1970/1980 and it actually remains active. The first articles and spread books considered the family and work relations. A little time later, the researches proliferated on topics as the urban sociability and the body. Nowadays, the field of studies on sexuality attracts new researches. All these works contributed to the dissemination of the generational perspective in gender studies. The generational perspective implies a comparative exercise, since thinking in terms of aging generation paths makes possible an attention to the sense of the changes and the permanencies in the gender interpretations and practices.
      PubDate: 2016-01-30
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 1 (2016)
  • Who's Afraid of the Mirror? A Sociological Polemic on the Gay
           Vision of the Gay Ageing

    • Authors: Ernesto Meccia
      Pages: 70 - 95
      Abstract: Our aim is to analyze different representational forms of gay ageing by old gays. We will draw on aspects related to various theoretical viewpoints and enhance them by presenting empirical evidence with a critical approach. Thus, we will delve into the theory of competence in crisis, some theories of adjustment and resilience, the theory of fast aging, and last, the theory of minority stress. Our reflection is focused on aging experienced by gays who have witnessed social changes as from the 70s, taking into account they represent a turning point in gay subjectivity formed by contrasting representational repertoires, some deriving from an old homosexuality pattern in which they socialized primarily and others from the gay model fostered, generically, after the Stonewall uprising. From the methodological point of view, the texts of the authors considered representative of the theories mentioned are crossed. Then, each was busy trying to point out their particular strengths and limitations providing primary data (interviews) and secondary (statistics on perceptions and interviews). In conclusion, it is noted that there have been contrasting situations in the aging process based on heterogeneous analysis variables, including: sexual identity, the scene of identity (areas of healthcare are clearly regressive to show the gay identity) and, among others, by the features that subjects allocated to institutional environments within which developed his biography.
      PubDate: 2016-01-30
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 1 (2016)
  • Gender and Generation: Influence on the Political Implication of the
           Elderly in Spain

    • Authors: Emilia Riesco
      Pages: 96 - 133
      Abstract: Spain suffers a demographic ageing process for several decades now, and today it is one of the most aged countries in the world. This process entails changes in the characteristics of different generations, some of which will be especially relevant in the future cohorts that advance into mature age. Specifically, the ageing of the population alters the patterns of political implication. This work analyzes the influence that gender questions and generation may have in the political behavior of the elderly. We present a relational study based on the data provided by the Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas (Center for Sociological Research). Our findings prove that gender and generation introduce important differences in interest as well as in social participation. We also provide conclusions on the importance of belonging to one specific generation with regard to the implication in public affairs, as opposed to frequent considerations that tend to grant more preeminence to age. Similarly, we provide relevant information on the next older generation, who will not only be important in number, but also will conceivably take on a very important main social role.
      PubDate: 2016-01-30
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 1 (2016)
  • The Gray Hairs of Devotion: Religious Practices and Gender

    • Pages: 134 - 152
      Abstract: My purpose is to show the differences between old men and women, Catholics and Evangelicals, from a gender perspective. The starting point is that each phase of life has its own devotion, religious and social commitment, and the male/female roles are reconfigured, redefined, and more flexible as it travels to old age (above 75 years). The analysis is based on an ethnographic research in which 100 interviews and observations were realized in rural contexts of the Gulf of Mexico from 2010 to 2015. The results evidenced that regardless of gender and religious practices to go reducing cultic participation and social circle, certain roles, symbols and religious meanings were adopted, they became more personal, which led, in most of the time, to interactions more complementarity and solidarity where the continuity or discontinuity of its male and female roles constantly crisscross in their borders and where the most important is the human being as such.
      PubDate: 2016-01-30
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 1 (2016)
  • List of Reviewers 2015

    • Authors: RASP Editors
      First page: 153
      PubDate: 2016-01-30
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 1 (2016)
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