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The Lives of Older Lesbians


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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction: Finding Older Lesbians.- Chapter 2. Hidden in Plain Sight: Home, Family and Relationships.- Chapter 3. In and Out of the Closet: Community and Friendship.- Chapter 4. Learning Difference: Childhood and Adolescence.- Chapter 5. Finding a Place: Spaces of Liberation.- Chapter 6. Gender and Politics: Butches, Femmes and Feminists.- Chapter 7. Telling stories: `Suffering, Surviving and Surpassing'.- Chapter 8. Looking Ahead: Older Lesbians Talk About the Future.- Chapter 9. Conclusion: `Now You See Me...'.

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"Based on the only national survey of older lesbians in the UK, this book conveys a great deal of information about its subjects, in their own words and through the author's keen analysis. The Lives of Older Lesbians, nuanced, stimulating, and clearly written, should find a wide audience in English-speaking countries and beyond." (Margaret Cruikshank, University of Maine, USA) "What a welcome study! The lives of lesbians over 60 have too long been neglected and this challenging, original and important study brings them into clear focus. Lush in stories and rich in analysis, Jane Traies helps us to see the complexities of these lesbian worlds and gives us a compelling read." (Ken Plummer, University of Essex, UK) "Jane Traies provides a compelling, sophisticated narrative about the invisibilities faced by older lesbians in the UK, both in existing academic research about LGBT ageing and in wider society. With a keen eye on history and culture, Traies traces different facets of older lesbian lives and provides eloquent and critical insights; these not only provoke new understandings, but challenge the reader to think about this group of women in new ways. An outstanding and timely book that I wholeheartedly recommend." (Andrew King, University of Surrey, UK) "The Lives of Older Lesbians is a carefully considered account of those still "hidden in plain sight", packed with profound and compelling empirical examples, and forcing theoretical and methodological re-consideration across inter-disciplinary social sciences. It re-evaluates social-cultural and policy changes, historicizing the 'spaces of liberation', while placing these alongside everyday intimacies of those inhabiting sexual-gendered margins. Traies impressively places sexual-ageing subjectivity, beyond a snapshot of 'age', blending histories, presences and futures to weave a textured and vibrant contribution. The book pointedly demands that "now you see me", and indeed provides an extensive vision of the ways of seeing, witnessing and re-telling sexual stories." (Yvette Taylor, University of Strathclyde, UK)

About the Author

Jane Traies is a Research Associate at the Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies and a member of the Sussex Centre for Life History and Life Writing, University of Sussex, UK.

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