In this article, we explore how political generation affects the ways in which diverse individuals come together and change their social and personal identities. Drawing on 52 in-depth interviews with members of the Red Hat Society, we show that women draw on their political generation, and the gains of the women’s movement specifically, to oppose cultural constructions of aging. The Red Hat Society provides a “free space” for women to foster a collective identity that both visibly challenges aging norms and provides its members new standards for self-approval. We conclude by highlighting the importance of focusing on political generation to understand collective action over the life course and call for more scholarship on the function of political generation in social change.
|Number of pages||16|
|Journal||Journal of Women and Aging|
|State||Published - Mar 3 2016|
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- Age identity
- generational change
- social movement participation
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Gender Studies
- Geriatrics and Gerontology