Later years are changing under the impact of demographic, social and cultural shifts. No longer confined to the sphere of social welfare, they are now studied within a wider cultural framework that encompasses new experiences and new modes of being. Drawing on influences from the arts and humanities, and deploying diverse methodologies – visual, literary, spatial – and theoretical perspectives Cultural Gerontology has brought new aspects of later life into view. This major new publication draws together these currents including: Theory and Methods; Embodiment; Identities and Social Relationships; Consumption and Leisure; and Time and Space. Based on specially commissioned chapters by leading international authors, the Routledge Handbook of Cultural Gerontology will provide concise authoritative reviews of the key debates and themes shaping this exciting new field.

chapter 1|16 pages

The field of cultural gerontology

An introduction

part I|103 pages

Theory and methods

chapter 2|2 pages

Theory and methods


chapter 3|8 pages

Aged by culture

chapter 5|8 pages

Beyond the view of the West

Ageing and anthropology

chapter 7|8 pages

Literature and ageing

chapter 8|8 pages

Theatre and ageing

chapter 9|8 pages

Ageing in film

chapter 10|8 pages

Popular music and ageing

chapter 11|8 pages

Art, ageing and the body

chapter 12|12 pages

Visual methods in ageing research

chapter 13|8 pages

Ethnographies of ageing

part II|67 pages


chapter 15|2 pages



chapter 18|8 pages

Hair and age

chapter 19|8 pages

Dress and age

chapter 21|8 pages

Ageing, risk and the falling body

chapter 22|8 pages

Dementia and embodiment

part III|103 pages

Identities and social relationships

chapter 24|2 pages

Identities and social relationships


chapter 25|8 pages

Intersectionality and age

chapter 27|8 pages

Anti-ageing and identities

chapter 28|8 pages

Sex, sexuality and later life

chapter 30|9 pages


chapter 33|8 pages

The fourth age

chapter 34|8 pages

Cultures of care

chapter 35|8 pages

Ethnicity, culture and migration

part IV|91 pages

Consumption and leisure

chapter 37|2 pages

Consumption and leisure


chapter 39|8 pages

Money and later life

chapter 40|8 pages

Possessions as a material convoy

chapter 43|8 pages

Travel and tourism in later life

chapter 44|8 pages

Volunteering in later life

chapter 45|8 pages

Youth culture, ageing and identity

part V|85 pages

Time and space

chapter 49|2 pages

Time and space


chapter 51|7 pages

Time in late modern ageing

chapter 52|8 pages

Transitions, time and later life

chapter 53|8 pages

Rural and urban ageing

chapter 54|8 pages

Lifestyle migration

chapter 57|8 pages

Meanings of home and age

chapter 58|8 pages

Public places and age

chapter 59|8 pages

Cemeteries and age