The age difference between partners: a matter of female choice?


Ní Bhrolcháin, Máire (2006) The age difference between partners: a matter of female choice? In, Sauvain-Dugerdil, Claudine, Leridon, Henri and Mascie-Taylor, Nicholas (eds.) Human Clocks: The Bio-Cultural Meanings of Age. Oxford, UK, Peter Lang, 289-312.

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Age is a complex cross-cutting notion for at least two reasons: the intricate interweaving of its biological and socio-cultural meanings and its dual significance as both a benchmark in an individual's life course and a foundation for social structure.
This book offers new perspectives on age and ageing by combining achievements in the biological sciences and their different applications and interpretations in demography, anthropology, psychology and other pertinent disciplines. Thirty contributors from these various fields revisit the measures and the biological models of ageing, the borderline between normal and pathological ageing, the pertinence of chronological age as a benchmark along the life course, its interrelations with psychological development, with reproductive phases and other life events, the «normalizing» role ascribed by age classes and the risk of falling into ageism, the cross-cultural diversity and temporal changes of its meanings, the gender divide (real and perceived), as well as the rights that should be enjoyed at each age.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBNs: 3039107852 (hardback)
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Social Statistics
ePrint ID: 34839
Date Deposited: 19 May 2006
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:21
Publisher: Peter Lang
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/34839

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