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Hell's Grannies and Crazy Ladies: Challenging the Precarization of Older Women
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0213-0557
2019 (English)In: Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State and Society, ISSN 1072-4745, E-ISSN 1468-2893Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Older women are often portrayed as particularly vulnerable and in need of protection, producing processes of ageist “othering” that deny agency, foster “appropriate” behaviors, and work to exclude them from everyday life. While not denying many women face a precarious situation in later life, some older women resist their subjectivation as vulnerable. Drawing on a concept of precarity as governmentality, older women’s acceptance and resistance to being characterized as “vulnerable” and in need of protection are explored in relation to focus group interviews with female pensioners in four Swedish municipalities.

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2019.
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Precarity, governmentality, resistance, older women, Sweden
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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political science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-163622DOI: 10.1093/sp/jxz030OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-163622DiVA, id: diva2:1355807
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Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg FoundationAvailable from: 2019-09-30 Created: 2019-09-30 Last updated: 2019-10-14

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