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Desexualisation in Later Life – The Limits of Sex and Intimacy - Policy Press Scholarship Online
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Desexualisation in Later Life: The Limits of Sex and Intimacy

Paul Simpson, Paul Reynolds, and Trish Hafford-Letchfield


This multi-disciplinary volume brings together international scholarship from across cultural studies, humanities and social sciences. It involves critical review of a comparatively neglected issue – the desexualization of older people – that itself forms part of an emerging field of knowledge that relates to older people’s sexuality and intimacy. Funnelling down from more general to more particular experiences (often related to identity difference), the volume explores the various ways that older people encounter constraints on their sexual and intimate self-expression. Indeed, risk and surve ... More

Keywords: Ageing aesthetics and eroticism, Ageism, Dementia, Non-normative ageing intimacy/sexuality, Desexualization, Later life sexual citizenship, Menopause, Older People’s Sexuality, Sexual/intimate Constraints, Policy and practice, Resexualization of older selves

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781447355465
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447355465.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Simpson, editor
Independent Academic

Paul Reynolds, editor
Open University

Trish Hafford-Letchfield, editor
University of Strathclyde

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