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Ageing selves and everyday life in the north of England – Years in the making - Manchester Scholarship Online
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Ageing selves and everyday life in the north of England: Years in the making

Cathrine Degnen


Seeking to better understand what it means to grow older in contemporary Britain from the perspective of older people themselves, this richly detailed ethnographic study engages in debates over selfhood and people’s relationships with time. Based on research conducted in an English former coal mining village, the book focuses on the everyday experiences of older people living there. It explores how the category of old age comes to be assigned and experienced in daily life through multiple registers of interaction. These include ‘memory work’ about people, places and webs of relations in a post ... More

Keywords: ageing, selfhood, subjectivity, ethnography, north of England, social memory, narrativity, temporality, place

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780719083082
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719083082.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cathrine Degnen, author