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Critical perspectives on ageing societies$
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Miriam Bernard and Thomas Scharf

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861348906

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861348906.001.0001

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Narratives as agents of social change: a new direction for narrative gerontologists

Narratives as agents of social change: a new direction for narrative gerontologists

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(p.59) Five Narratives as agents of social change: a new direction for narrative gerontologists
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Critical perspectives on ageing societies
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Ruth E. Ray

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861348906.003.0005

Drawing on ethnographic studies with older adults, as well as the work of feminists from different disciplines, this chapter presents a compelling argument for the need for ‘age research’ to include the researcher him/herself as a subject of observation, analysis and critique. Couched firmly within a critical gerontology perspective and the ‘passionate scholarship’ endorsed in this book, this chapter discusses the relationship between personal and social transformation and describes ethnographic methods that gerontological scholars might use to reflect on their position as researchers, their relationship to older adults, the ethics of their research practices, and the value of their studies beyond academe.

Keywords:   age research, critical gerontology, gerontological scholars, ethnographic methods

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