Embodied ageing and categorisation work amongst retirees in the Faroe Islands
2014 (English)In: Journal of Aging Studies, ISSN 0890-4065, E-ISSN 0890-4056, Vol. 31, 83-92 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract This paper addresses ageing and embodiment and explores how age is negotiated in interaction using Membership Categorisation Work. Data were derived from group and individual interviews with home-dwelling retirees in the Faroe Islands. The analysis showed that the interviewees negotiated age by drawing on two contrasting categories, placing themselves and others in the categories of ‘old’ or ‘not old’. Good health was the main predicate tied to the category ‘not old’ and keeping busy and taking care of oneself were the main activities that the interviewees ascribed to the category ‘not old’. The analysis also demonstrated how health as a moral discourse was actualised during the interviews. Staying active and in good health were not just talked about as ways to achieve personal well-being. The interviewees talked about having a responsibility to stay ‘fit’ for as long as possible to avoid being a burden to the society or to their families.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 31, 83-92 p.
Embodied ageing, Categorisation, Negotiating age, Retirees
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-120903DOI: 10.1016/j.jaging.2014.09.001PubMedID: 25456625OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-120903DiVA: diva2:849512