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The role of sports in making sense of the process of growing old
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2012 (English)In: Journal of Aging Studies, ISSN 0890-4065, E-ISSN 1879-193X, Vol. 26, no 4, 467-475 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Drawing on interviews with 22 athletically active old men and women, the study explores whether and how the practice of sports can affect old adults' processes of sense-making about old age and the process of growing old in ways that challenge dominant constructions about old age. Thereto, the study will explore the possible impact of gender in this process. The results show that men and women who continue to practice competitive sports into old age make sense of the process of growing old by focusing primarily on their physical abilities, at least in the context of sports. This focus on capability age allows them partly, although not completely, to challenge the usual thinking about old age and the process of growing old.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 26, no 4, 467-475 p.
Keyword [en]
Sense-making, Old age, Gender, Sports
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-58336DOI: 10.1016/j.jaging.2012.06.006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-58336DiVA: diva2:547927
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included in thesis in manuscript form.

Available from: 2012-08-29 Created: 2012-08-29 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Growing old and still practising competitive sports: An exploration of acting-space and sense-making processes among old women and men
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Growing old and still practising competitive sports: An exploration of acting-space and sense-making processes among old women and men
2012 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The thesis explores how the way athletically active old men and women make sense of their acting-space affects their participation in competitive sports and conversely how their participation in competitive sports affect their sense-making process and acting-space. It puts emphasis on the sociological point of intersection of three different research fields; sports science, critical gerontology and gender studies. Concretely, it is inspired by grounded theory research design and based on interviews with twenty-two athletically active men and women over the age of 65. The thesis consists of four articles, and together these show that men and women experience certain constraints of acting-space in the context of competitive sports, which primarily seem to be related to norms of age and gender. At the same time, the thesis shows that by practising sports old adults, especially old women, are able to transgress these constraints and possibly challenge dominant constructions of age and gender.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå Universitet, 2012. 42 p.
Series
Akademiska avhandlingar vid sociologiska institutionen, Umeå Universitet, ISSN 1104-2508 ; A68
Keyword
aging, sports, gender, acting-space, sense making, old athletes, the process of growing old
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-54034 (URN)978-91-7459-401-0 (ISBN)
Public defence
2012-05-04, Norra Beteendevetarhuset, Hörsal 1031, Umeå universitet, Umeå, 13:15 (English)
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Available from: 2012-04-13 Created: 2012-04-12 Last updated: 2012-11-16Bibliographically approved

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