ABSTRACT

There is evidence of a burgeoning theoretical literature in the social sciences concerning the ways in which men are experiencing ageing in specifically gendered ways as men (Calasanti 2004, Featherstone, Rivett and Scourfield 2007, Hearn 2007, Arber and Timonen 2012). This literature remains in its infancy (van den Hoonard 2007), and more generally within theorising of masculinities, both the spatiality of masculinities (Hopkins and Noble 2009) and old age (Mowl, Pain and Talbot 2000) remain marginalised. This chapter argues that grandfatherhood, a familial life stage understood as paradoxically intersected by masculinities and old age (Davidson, Daly and Arber 2003, Mann 2007), offers potential to examine men’s performances and constructions of ageing masculinities and consequently how this might inform experiences of different spaces, including home, in distinctive ways (Tarrant 2010a). The emplaced nature of these gendered experiences for men later in life also deserve greater attention, particularly by social geographers, who have indicated that the intersections and contradictions of ageing and masculinities are also produced and experienced spatially (e.g. McDowell 2003, Pain, Mowl and Talbot 2000, Tarrant 2010b).