Format

Send to

Choose Destination
Soc Work. 1994 Jan;39(1):35-41.

The paradox of the advantaged elder and the feminization of poverty.

Author information

1
Boston University School of Social Work, MA 02215.

Abstract

The construction of social definitions is important, as these definitions are ultimately translated into public policies. This article explores the emergence of the concepts of the advantaged elder and the feminization of poverty. It is a paradox that society has simultaneously embraced these two concepts when the elderly population, especially the subpopulation of those who are very old, is overwhelmingly women. The theoretical shortcomings of both concepts are examined, and a broader model of economic well-being that emphasizes the interactive nature of gender, race, and class is proposed. The implications of societal perceptions of the advantaged elder and the feminization of poverty for older women are addressed.

PMID:
8310321
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Loading ...
Support Center