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32 J. Soc. & Soc. Welfare 135 (2005)
The Contemporary Older Man: Summary and Discussion

handle is hein.journals/jrlsasw32 and id is 135 raw text is: The Contemporary Older Man:
Summary and Discussion
School of Social Work
University of Texas-Austin
Social Work Department
Andrews University
This edition of the Journal has included a series of articles on
the contemporary man in his elder years and the challenges and
opportunities he may face. For example, an article by Bullock
brings attentions to the increasing number of grandfathers who
are becoming responsible for their grandchildren in the absence
of fathers. Her study of 26 men age 65 and above who are re-
sponsible for the care of at least one grandchild revealed per-
ceptions of powerlessness as grandfathers made this family role
transition. Bullock argues that such feelings of powerlessness can
be stemmed by programs that provide opportunities for greater
self-awareness and support. She also raises questions about the
grandfathers' parenting style: Are they interactive care providers
or simply passive caretakers? Another issue raised is how schools
and agencies involved in kinship care can pay special attention
to older men who take on the role of parenting.
In a postmodern critique of today's older man, Gross and
Blundo explore the medicalization of the body through the pro-
motion of Viagra. The taking of the drug is used as a metaphor
of cultural expectations illustrating how men are required to age
well. That is, how society expects them to maintain their youth-
ful masculinity. The authors raise the question, can medication
change a man's concept of himself? A reading of the article begs
Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, March, 2005, Volume XXXII, Number I

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