Ageing and the Artefacts for Living: Technology through the Life Course
2009 (English)Article in journal (Other academic) Submitted
The article examines old people‟s interaction with everyday technology from a life course perspective. The purpose is to contribute to a better understanding of the relationship between changes in the physical environment and old people‟s doings.
The empirical base is interviews with 29 individuals, born between 1912 and 1940. In the analysis we introduce some concepts inspired by technology studies: technology landscape, technology room, standard package and defining objects.
The analysis is concentrated on three phases of the life course: living in the parental home, living as a married person with a family, and living as a senior-citizen. We explore how the participants lived, what technological objects their household possessed and used, and how new technology was appropriated. In the last phase we additionally investigate which technical objects have become of less importance and what expectations they have for future use of technology. The analysis shows that the participants‟ technology rooms were similar from the parental home period to the end of the family period. In the senior citizen period, differences in possession of defining objects can be found between persons -85 and 85+. At higher ages an „ageing turn‟ exists as age itself becomes the reason not to acquire new artefacts. Decisions on how the technology room should be used and valued are shaped by the individual‟s techno-biography, needs, capabilities and future life expectations.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Old people, everyday life, technology, environmental gerontology, life course
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-17563OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-17563DiVA: diva2:210356