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This paper discusses narratives created during interviews with 23 older women (aged 61-90) about their experiences of sex and intimate relationships in later life. For analytic purposes, the paper understands narratives to be neither pre-existing nor a
simple reflection of experience, but to be made moment-by-moment in the interaction between parties drawing on available cultural resources. Attention to the interactional situation in which the narrative is produced helps to explain the ways in which speakers perpetuate or resist dominant cultural storylines. Older women's accounts of sexual relationships provide a particularly rich site for this analysis because a dominant cultural storyline of 'asexual older people' is often evident in popular culture. This storyline provides an important cultural resource which older women who are talking about sex can both draw on and resist in order to produce their own accounts. This paper uses a discourse analytic approach to discuss some of the moments in which speakers explicitly produce counter-narratives. These moments are visible to the analyst by the participants' own orientations to telling a counter-narrative. The paper also considers parts of the accounts which the analyst identifies as counter-narratives, although the speakers do not orient to this. The analyst's own position is thus implicated in the analysis and is reflexively considered.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Extra Information:||This journal article has also been re-produced as a chapter of a book 'Considering Counter-Narratives, Narrating, resisting, making senseï¿½, pages 213-219, (ISBN 978 90 272 2644 0).|
|Keywords:||discourse analysis; older women; sexuality; later life; identification of narratives; narrative analysis|
|Academic Unit/Department:||Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
|Depositing User:||Rebecca Jones|
|Date Deposited:||22 Jun 2006|
|Last Modified:||04 Oct 2016 20:16|
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