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Kulturella föreställningar om åldrande och femininitet
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies. (Ageing and Living Conditions ALC)
2011 (Swedish)In: Kulturella perspektiv - Svensk etnologisk tidskrift, ISSN 1102-7908, no 1, 2-6 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

There are different discourses concerning women and ageing in the media and within the field of research about elderly people. In the public discourse elderly women are often associated with depression, poverty and weak health. The popular culture, with its worshipping attitude towards the young, has a great influence on the cultural conceptions of female ageing. At the same time new images of elderly women as desirable and attractive are presented in popular media. These images kan be understood as expressions for re-negotiations of what ageing means, but also as age-denying since it is the youtfullness among the elderly which is emphasised as something positive. Many researchers stress the importance of separating the public discourse on ageing, which is found in the media, from the women’s own experiences of ageing. Interview studies with elderly women have shown that women’s experiences of ageing can appear in a number of different ways depending on life context. This theme issue poses questions on ageing and femininity from a number of stand points by comparing the medial and public discourses with the women’s own experiences of ageing.

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Umeå: Föreningen Kulturella Perspektiv , 2011. no 1, 2-6 p.
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ageing, femininity, cultural conception
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-42183OAI: diva2:408859
Ageing and Living ConditionsTantForsk!
Available from: 2011-04-06 Created: 2011-04-06 Last updated: 2012-02-29Bibliographically approved

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