chapter  7
20 Pages

Aging and Gender in Families: A Very Grand Opening

Few sustained efforts have taken hold to theorize explicitly age relations in families from feminist perspectives. In this chapter, we engage three sets of relations-gender, age, and family-to broaden feminist, aging, and family theory and research. Much more integration is needed to connect a gender lens and an aging lens across disciplines, methods, and practices to fulfill the promise a feminist perspective has to offer. Families provide our focus for this integration. We specify our theoretical orientation, examine interdisciplinary literature, and provide an illustration of why aging and gender in families matter. We conclude with key insights for incorporating age relations into models of gender and generation.