Revisioning ageing futures: Feminist, queer, crip and decolonial visions of a good old age

Jones, Rebecca L.; Changfoot, Nadine and King, Andrew (2022). Revisioning ageing futures: Feminist, queer, crip and decolonial visions of a good old age. Journal of Aging Studies, 63, article no. 101083.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaging.2022.101083

Abstract

In their 2017 paper titled ‘Queering Ageing Futures’ (Sandberg & Marshall, 2017), Linn Sandberg and Barbara Marshall explored the potential of cultural gerontology to move beyond the normativities of ‘successful’ ageing. They proposed a queering of ageing futures that disrupt the ways that expectations of a good later life and happy ageing futures are seen to adhere to some bodies and subjectivities over others. Drawing on feminist, queer, and crip theory, they extended critiques of successful ageing to interrogate the assumptions of heteronormativity, able-bodiedness and able-mindedness that shape the dividing lines between success and failure in ageing, and inform attempts to ‘repair’ damaged futures. They called for more inclusive visions of living a good life in old age and suggested that feminist theory, queer theory and crip theory have particular insights to offer in envisaging alternative futures

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