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“In the good old days”: Insidious nostalgia and the constitution of old age identity
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies. (Ageing and Living Conditions Programme (ALC))
2010 (English)In: Journal of Aging Studies, ISSN 0890-4065, E-ISSN 0890-4056, Vol. 24, no 4, 248-256 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper older people are studied through qualitative in-depth interviews regarding the constitution of identity. This is based on their participation in specific projects where they take part in schoolwork. The point of departure is that these more or less organised projects provide older people with a physical as well as a social space in which such a constitution can take place. Specific attention is not only directed toward the productive use of nostalgia, but also at the rhetorical use of already established subject positions drawn from the fields of production and reproduction, and from discourses on productive ageing and participation. The intersection of these discourses was not only found to be normative and excluding, but also liberating and a necessity.

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Elsevier , 2010. Vol. 24, no 4, 248-256 p.
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Ageing, Identity, Constructions of old age, Nostalgia, Sweden
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-26634DOI: 10.1016/j.jaging.2010.05.005ISI: 000283970900005OAI: diva2:273013
Available from: 2009-10-19 Created: 2009-10-19 Last updated: 2012-10-08

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