Resilience among old Sami women
2015 (English)In: Ageing & Society, ISSN 0144-686X, E-ISSN 1469-1779, 1-19 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
There is lack of research on old indigenous women’s experiences. The aim of thisstudy was to explore how old women narrate their experiences of wellbeing andlack of wellbeing using the salutogenetic concept of resilience. Interviews fromnine old Sami women were analysed according to grounded theory with the followingthemes identified: contributing to resilience and wellbeing built up from the categoriesfeeling connected, feeling independent and creating meaning; andcontributing to lack of lack of resilience and wellbeing built up from the categoryexperiencing lack of connectedness. The old Sami women’s narratives showedthat they were to a high extent resilient and experienced wellbeing. They felt bothconnected and independent and they were able to create meaning of being anold Sami woman. Having access to economic and cultural capital were for the oldSami women valuable for experiencing resilience. Lack of resilience was expressedas experiences of discrimination, lack of connectedness and living on the borderof the dominant society. Analysis of the Sami women’s narratives can give wider perspectiveson women’s health and deepen the perspectives on human resilience andincrease the understanding of minority groups in a multicultural world.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cambridge University Press, 2015. 1-19 p.
Sami women, resilience, gender, grounded theory, narratives
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-108073DOI: 10.1017/S0144686X15000719OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-108073DiVA: diva2:850963