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Ageing with disabilityA lifecourse perspective$
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Eva Grassman and Anna Whitaker

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447305224

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447305224.001.0001

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Disability, identity and ageing

Disability, identity and ageing

Chapter:
(p.35) Three Disability, identity and ageing
Source:
Ageing with disability
Author(s):

Lotta Holme

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447305224.003.0003

This chapter explores how pioneers of the modern Swedish disability rights movement experience ageing. The overarching question is how a deep commitment to disability issues can affect the identity, life course and the ageing of individuals. The chapter is based on interviews with influential pioneers of the modern Swedish disability movement. These activists have lived lives largely devoted to the struggle for disability rights. The focus is on how this special group of people expresses their attitudes towards ageing and later life, after a long life with disability, in the light of disability activism, politics and history. A ‘political lifecourse perspective’ is discussed in order to create an understanding of the links between experiences of disability, activism in the disability rights movement and a so-called ‘normal’ lifecourse. The group in question, who has had more reason than most to reflect on disability issues both in their personal lives and in connection with their position in the movement, is now exploring the meaning of old age.

Keywords:   political life course perspective, Identity, Disability movement, Pioneers, Activism, Old age

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