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An ethnic lens on age identity: Identity research in gerontology and migration and ethnic studies
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2010 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Research on identity and identification in gerontology has to a large extent concerned itself with the relationship between the self and the body, expressed by metaphors such as the mask and masquerade; role loss in retirement and the making of the self through various senior lifestyles have also been of interest. The inadvertent obliviousness to ethnicity in such research could render our understanding of age(ing) identities ethnicity-free. The increased movement of people through globalisation, transnationalism and international migration and the fact that an increasing number of people grow old in countries other than the one where they were born suggests that an ethnic lens offers a fruitful point of departure for studying identity in old age. This paper will explore the theoretical fruitfulness embedded in identity research on ethnicity for the study of identity and identification in ageing and old age. Three areas in the field of migration and ethnic studies, namely questions of belonging (with the significance of place), cultural diversity and cultural adaptation, will be in focus. The paper will argue that gerontology’s understanding of processes of identification could benefit from launching empirical studies that explore the theoretical connections between age and ethnicity.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-64746OAI: diva2:394780
20th Nordic Congress of Gerontology, 30 May - 2 June 2010 in Reykjavik, Iceland AND 17th ISA World Congress of Sociology, 11-17 July 2010 in Gothenburg, Sweden
Available from: 2011-02-03 Created: 2011-02-03 Last updated: 2011-02-16

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