Breaking down barriers: Women (re)producing athletic identity in old age
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By focusing on retrospective and current narratives of athletically active old Swedish women, the article aims to explore whether and how they are able to form and reproduce a commitment to sport over time, and translate this commitment into resilient strategies in old age. By employing the theoretical frameworks of social identity and life course perspective, the results reveal that the women were able to form and maintain a commitment to sport, through (a) life course experiences of participating in sport, (b) life course experiences of identity clashes, and (c) continuous male support. Based on these experiences, the women developed empowered female aging athletic identities, which enabled them to construct resilient strategies to enable their participation in sport. By identifying themselves as strong and enduring rather than weak and frail, the women might also challenge gendered ageism.
Aging, gender, old female athletes, identity, life course
Research subject Sociology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-54021OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-54021DiVA: diva2:515079
ProjectsWelfare and Work in an Ageing Society
FunderFAS, Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research