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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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Narrative forms and shapes

Narrative forms and shapes

(p.119) 6 Narrative forms and shapes
Ageing selves and everyday life in the north of England

Degnen Cathrine

Manchester University Press

Chapter Six extends these reflections on selfhood to narrativity, a crucial element of the construction of self. This chapter examines how narrativity was used, interpreted and experienced in the daily lives of the older people with whom this research was conducted. This chapter furthers the analysis of Chapter Four by demonstrating the distinctiveness of narrative styles at times employed by older people in comparison with younger adults. How such narrative activity and style are interpreted and responded to by their interlocutors forms a critical aspect of how oldness comes to be constructed and projected onto the older narrator, endangering the very work of building the self that narration seeks to accomplish.

Keywords:   narrativity, selfhood, normative forms of narrative

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