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Queering Aging Futures

Department of Culture and Education, Södertörn University, 141 89 Huddinge, Sweden
Department of Sociology, Trent University, Peterborough, ON K9J 0G2, Canada
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Societies 2017, 7(3), 21;
Received: 21 April 2017 / Revised: 23 August 2017 / Accepted: 24 August 2017 / Published: 31 August 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue New Perspectives on Aging Futures)
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. View Full-Text
Keywords: queer theory; cultural gerontology; gender; sexuality; aging; future; later life queer theory; cultural gerontology; gender; sexuality; aging; future; later life
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Sandberg, L.J.; Marshall, B.L. Queering Aging Futures. Societies 2017, 7, 21.

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Sandberg LJ, Marshall BL. Queering Aging Futures. Societies. 2017; 7(3):21.

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Sandberg, Linn J., and Barbara L. Marshall. 2017. "Queering Aging Futures" Societies 7, no. 3: 21.

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