Revista argentina de sociología
versión On-line ISSN 1669-3248
YUNI, José Alberto y URBANO, Claudio Ariel. Envejecimiento y género: perspectivas teóricas y aproximaciones al envejecimiento femenino. Rev. argent. sociol. [online]. 2008, vol.6, n.10, pp. 151-169. ISSN 1669-3248.
Based on the notion of maturescence, this paper advances a characterization of womens aging process from the critical perspective of differential aging, critical gerontology, and feminist gerontology. First, it synthesizes the meta-theoretical debate in social gerontology, highlighting the critical contributions of feminist gerontology. In the second section, the article discusses from a gender perspective the process of maturescence as both a personal and sociocultural time of identity rebuilding. Female maturescence, defined as a phenomenon of the last decades, results from a combination of factors: advances in gender equality, increased life expectancy, and the feminization of longevity. These changes created a new identity field for womens early old age. Several studies have shown that the dominant features of maturescence are crisis and the recreation of personal identity. From a theoretical perspective, the article describes different psychological dimensions of female maturescence from a sociocultural approach.
Palabras clave : Differential Aging; Female Aging; Maturescence; Critical Gerontology; Feminist Gerontology.