Aging identity: Do theories match experiences?

Rapolienė, Gražina (2015) Aging identity: Do theories match experiences? Corvinus Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 6 (1). pp. 3-24. DOI

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Dominant aging identity theories (“mask of ageing”, “social mask”, M. Foucault’s “disembodiment thesis”, gerotranscendental theory) as well as the concept of the postmodern reflexive self of A. Giddens cannot be used to effectively explain old age identity in contemporary Lithuania. More suitable for this purpose is E. Goffman’s concept of stigma that explains denial, evasion and marginalization of old age. These are the conclusions of a qualitative piece of research – involving in-depth interviews with elderly people – that was designed to examine the ways in which old age identity is created and aging is experienced by older people, as well as to ascertain whether the elderly experience stigmatization in everyday interactions. The data were collected from October 2010 – January 2011 in Vilnius (N=24): the selection of informants was targeted by gender, age group (60–74 and 75–89), level of education (primary, secondary, higher), and household type (households of several generations, single-generation and institutional households). To interpret the data, the method of abduction or inference to the best explanation (Harman, 1965) was used.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:aging identity, stigma, qualitative research
ID Code:3107
Deposited By: Veronika Vitéz
Deposited On:30 Oct 2017 11:08
Last Modified:08 Nov 2021 08:17

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