A narrative-discursive approach to stories of later life

Reynolds, Jill (2011). A narrative-discursive approach to stories of later life. In: Theorizing Age: Challenging the Disciplines: 7th International Symposium on Cultural Gerontology, Inaugural Conference of the European Network in Aging Studies (ENAS), 6-9 Oct 2011, Maastricht, The Netherlands.

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A comparison of stories told in research interviews by people who have no children with those that introduce children and grandchildren. The performance of identity work is considered, giving examples of co-construction.
The data include extracts from others’ interview transcripts (Qualidata studies SN 5237, SN 6011, 1998-2002) and from interviews held this year with childfree women from my original study now aged over 60 years. I discuss the resources drawn upon which accommodate the unique details of a particular speaker’s life while also doing work against commonly held assumptions that childlessness is a problematic category requiring explanation.

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