Aging, Identity, and the Body

Monday, 11 July 2016: 14:15-15:45
Location: Hörsaal 42 (Main Building)
RC11 Sociology of Aging (host committee)

Language: English

There is a growing wealth of research and theorizing focused on the aging body in the context of ageism, anti-aging practices, gender norms, consumer culture, neoliberalism, and healthism.
This regular session will showcase papers that explore how men and women construct and manage their identities in and through their bodies in later life. As such, papers will consider topics such as appearance work, body image, self-care, physical activity, leisure, sexuality, the use of technology, and other related issues to examine the centrality of the body and embodiment in older individuals’ sense of self.
Papers may further investigate how these embodied experiences of identity vary according to socio-cultural position, including one’s age, gender, ethnicity/culture, historical location, sexual orientation, and social class as well as in relation to health and illness, including dementia, mental illness, disability, and chronic health conditions.
Session Organizer:
Laura HURD CLARKE, The University of British Columbia, Canada
Age Management, Anti-Ageing Practices and Working Class Masculinity
Hanna OJALA, University of Tampere, School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Finland; Ilkka PIETILA, University of Tampere, School of Health Sciences, Finland
Ageing, Identity and the Materialities of Wound Care
Mary MADDEN, University of Leeds, United Kingdom
Bodies Ageing with and without Parkinson's Disease
Johanne BRADY, University of Sydney, Australia
From the Swinging Sixties to Their 60S: Considering the Role of the Past in the Subjective Experience of Sexuality in Old Age
Rachel THORPE, Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University, Australia
Age Negotiation and Active Bodies at Senior Camps in Sweden
Janicke ANDERSSON, CASE, Sweden; Lisa EKSTAM, CASE, Sweden
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