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Identity and Age
Identity and Age
Background: the dread of old age as a logic of theoretical models

In the previous chapter we observed that the unique experiences, priorities and qualities associated with different ages and stages of the life course are being homogenized within this framework, compressed to fit the mould of the enterprising self: one that emphasizes productivity and consumerism. Whilst this ‘one size fits all’ identity hides the differences relating to class and gender, this approach to the self is also, importantly, static and contains no suggestion, once one has reached adulthood, of how one changes through the rest of the life course, except through negative increments away from that state. If ageing, then, is the enemy of the self, and this belief ...

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