Genders and Sexualities in the Social Sciences

Gay Men’s Working Lives, Retirement and Old Age

Authors: Robinson, Peter

  • Examines the effect of sexuality on older men’s working lives and careers
  • Provides a forum for a different and often overlooked set of males to speak about their experiences in the work force
  • Presents insightful analysis of the differences and similarities between gay men’s working histories and those of the traditional or hegemonic male
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This book examines the working lives, retirement plans, and old age experiences of three generations of gay men born 1924–86. It draws on data collected from interviews with 82 men in Australia, England, New Zealand, and USA. The first half of the book concentrates on the men’s working lives, while the second half of the book explores the interviewees’ concerns about old age and retirement. The author analyses the men’s contrasting stories, highlighting key generational differences in their experience of being ‘out’ in the workplace and the dominant work narratives which emerge in each age group. This important work will have cross-disciplinary appeal to scholars of sociology, gerontology, health sciences, gender, queer, and gay and lesbian studies, as well as practitioners.


About the authors

Peter Robinson is Senior Lecturer in History and Sociology at Swinburne University of Technology, Australia. 


Reviews

“In this, Dr Peter Robinson’s third book, is a theoretically informed and empirically rigorous study of the working lives of three age cohorts of gay men. The qualitative interviews are revealing of both personal histories and the nature of work and society from the middle of the last century. They are also enliven the text: this is, indeed a ‘good read’. As well as making An original contribution to the academic literature, Dr Robinson’s work should be a must-read for policy makers, senior administrators and front-line professionals in the aged-care sector.” (Brian Costar, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia)

“This third and final volume of Peter Robinson’s study of three waves of gay men (born between 1922 and 1980) focuses on work and old age, continuing to show how age shapes gay life. Here again we find the hallmark of his books: rich detail alongside shrewd commentary. There is much to be learnt from this landmark work.” (Ken Plummer, University of Essex, UK, and author of Telling Sexual Stories)

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eBook $79.99
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  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-43531-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Gay Men’s Working Lives, Retirement and Old Age
Authors
Series Title
Genders and Sexualities in the Social Sciences
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-43532-3
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-43532-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-43531-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 291
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