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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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Reconfiguring normative models of self

Reconfiguring normative models of self

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Ageing selves and everyday life in the north of England

Degnen Cathrine

Manchester University Press

Chapter Five turns to questions around the ageing self and the ways in which a normative middle-aged self does not necessarily accommodate experiences of body and of self in older age. For example, if ‘doing’ is an essential part of ‘being’ and of self, as the people who participated in this research continually stated and demonstrated, what then transpires to being and self if what one can do shifts over time? Put another way, what are the connections between temporality, embodiment and subjectivity in older age? Chapter Five considers what light the ageing self can shed on Western notions of self and subjectivity and considers what a theory of self might look like if it made room for lessons learned from older age such as ‘the remembered self’ versus ‘the inhabited self’.

Keywords:   challenging norms, being, self, embodiment, subjectivity

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