The role of sports in making sense of the process of growing old
2012 (English)In: Journal of Aging Studies, ISSN 0890-4065, E-ISSN 0890-4056, Vol. 26, no 4, 467-475 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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.
Sense-making, Old age, Gender, Sports
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-58336DOI: 10.1016/j.jaging.2012.06.006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-58336DiVA: diva2:547927
included in thesis in manuscript form.2012-08-292012-08-292012-11-16Bibliographically approved