Constructing successful old-age masculinities amongst athletes
2011 (English)In: Norma, ISSN 1890-2138, Vol. 6, no 1, 46-58 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article focuses on the issue of old-age masculinities by exploring if and howthe process of growing old affects the gendered self-images of Swedish old maleathletes. It follows the grounded theory research design of Kathy Charmaz and isbased on interviews with nine athletes aged 68 to 90. The findings in this articleindicate that the athletes withdraw from the masculine practice of competitivesports because it is not considered to be age-appropriate. The men seem toreconstruct their self-images in accordance with four old-age masculinity themes:being physically active, being a leader, being a busy senior, and being a family man.The concept of successful aging is found to be particularly significant in reshapingthe men’s self-images. Therefore, this article proposes a combination of theconcepts of hegemonic masculinity1 and successful aging in order to increase theunderstanding of old-age masculinities.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oslo: Universitetsforlaget, 2011. Vol. 6, no 1, 46-58 p.
Old athletes, successful aging, old-age masculinities
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-47576OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-47576DiVA: diva2:443133
ProjectsWelfare and Work in an Ageing Society
FunderSwedish Research Council