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Telling Our Own Stories: Developing Age Consciousness and Authentic Age Identities
Telling Our Own Stories: Developing Age Consciousness and Authentic Age Identities
Background: age ideology, my grandmother and I

In the first chapter I suggested that my own interest in age studies developed from my relationship with my grandmother. One of the powerful things it introduced for me was the knowledge of contradiction between my lived experience and the explanatory models I possessed. An example is the way that very early on in life I learned to associate age with fragility, vulnerability, decline and illness. Although Nana demonstrated all the signs of impressive physical robustness – she was digging her own flowerbeds at the age of eighty and carrying a full coalscuttle in from the shed ...

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