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18.05.2024 | Themenschwerpunkt

Vulnerability and narrative in later life

verfasst von: Kate de Medeiros, PhD, Polina Ermoshkina

Erschienen in: Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie | Ausgabe 4/2024

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Abstract

Narrative gerontology considers how people age biographically as well as socially and biologically. Vulnerability as a process category and state of being remains undertheorized in the context of narratives of later life. It is argued that the narrative space for stories from old age privilege backward-looking stories that focus on positive milestones and support cultural narratives of a “life well lived.” Sad, emotionally laden or uncertain/unfinished stories that reveal vulnerabilities are rejected and potentially viewed as problematic. Using an illustrative case example of a study of resilience narratives and aging, this paper considers how the study authors position and identify resilience. Some interpretative judgements used in the research regarding who is resilient based on expressions of vulnerability are highlighted. Overall, the tensions between cultural and personal narratives that position older people as vulnerable subjects are considered and it is argued that vulnerability can be a great source of strength and meaning in later life.
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Metadaten
Titel
Vulnerability and narrative in later life
verfasst von
Kate de Medeiros, PhD
Polina Ermoshkina
Publikationsdatum
18.05.2024
Verlag
Springer Medizin
Erschienen in
Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie / Ausgabe 4/2024
Print ISSN: 0948-6704
Elektronische ISSN: 1435-1269
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s00391-024-02310-7

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