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Ageing selves and everyday life in the north of EnglandYears in the making$
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Cathrine Degnen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719083082

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719083082.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Ageing selves and everyday life in the north of England

Degnen Cathrine

Manchester University Press

This chapter outlines the aims of the book. It contextualises these aims within a thematic review of ageing studies in anthropology and cognate disciplines. It highlights the lack to date of an ethnographic account of the experiences of ageing in a non-institutionalised Western context and then lays out a new framework for the anthropology of ageing. The chapter focuses on the ways in which theoretical anthropological perspectives on selfhood, temporality and narrativity can inform a fuller account of experiences of ageing. Reciprocally, it also introduces the notion that such bodies of literature can be enriched by considering the distinctive positionality of older people themselves. The chapter concludes with a summary of the book’s chapters.

Keywords:   anthropology of ageing, ageing studies, temporality and ageing, narrativity and ageing

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