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'I was struck dumb': Identity production in Swedish class grandparent narratives
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies. (Ageing and Living Conditions Programme (ALC))
2011 (English)In: Pedagogy, Culture & Society, ISSN 1468-1366, E-ISSN 1747-5104, Vol. 19, no 3, 403-417 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article I discuss a number of excerpts from interviews with class grandparents; that is to say, older people helping out in schools for children in Sweden. The interviews focused on experiences of taking part in class grandparent projects. Indirectly, however, they dealt with identity. By treating the interviews as stories, as ways of storying people’s lives, I show how some of these discourses seemed especially central to producing subject positions in the narratives on class grandparent experiences. I also suggest that the studied stories are ideological in character, in the sense that they constitute fantasies that cover over the contingencies of everyday life.

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Taylor & Francis , 2011. Vol. 19, no 3, 403-417 p.
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identity, narrative gerontology, positioning, old age, class grandparent, schools
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-37891DOI: 10.1080/14681366.2011.607926OAI: diva2:370885
Available from: 2010-11-18 Created: 2010-11-18 Last updated: 2011-10-28Bibliographically approved

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