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Unmasking ageThe significance of age for social research$
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Bill Bytheway

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847426185

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847426185.001.0001

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Age and time

Age and time

(p.51) Three Age and time
Unmasking age

Bill Bytheway

Policy Press

How the passage of time is theorised and how this relates to age is explored in this chapter. The concept of ‘timescapes’ was introduced which enabled links to be drawn between age and three roots: body, documentation and interpersonal relations. Several reasons why the concept of timescape is fundamental to the theorisation of age are enumerated. Linear and circular patterns of time jointly affect everyday life. In considering how age and time are theorised in everyday life, the chapter draws on case studies, paying particular attention to daily routines and how these might change with time. In contrast to daily routines, biographies are typically made up of sequences of events and these create a temporal order that is tied to chronological time. Another temporality is that of return: with age, people may return to locations experienced earlier in life.

Keywords:   time, age, timescape, everyday life, patterns of time, return, temporality

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