Experiences of aging at around the age of sixty in France. Subjective age and gender

By Michel Bozon, Joëlle Gaymu, Éva Lelièvre

The highly differentiated experiences of age and aging among men and women are a powerful indicator of the contemporary recomposition of gender inequalities and of their inscription in the depths of intimacy. This paper offers a comprehensive analysis of this dynamic, based on the discourse of about twenty respondents aged fifty-five to sixty-nine from all social backgrounds, living in the greater Paris area and a small south-western town of France, collected through semi-structured interviews.


  • subjective age
  • gender
  • aging
  • sixty-year-olds
  • France
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