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Baby BoomersTime and Ageing Bodies$
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Naomi Woodspring

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447318774

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447318774.001.0001

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Body and identity

Body and identity

(p.79) Five Body and identity
Baby Boomers

Naomi Woodspring

Policy Press

‘Body and identity,’ is a two-part exploration of the separate topics of body and identity. In many ways, ageing studies, and the social sciences in general, have been served well by the intellectual inheritance of those who have sought to understand body and embodiment. This chapter, like Chapter Two, explores the intellectual inheritance that underpins the book. Although writing and research on body and embodiment is not new, there has been a certain discomfort with addressing the kind of ‘down and dirtiness’ of the subject from the perspective of ageing. This will be explored in the chapter. In the second half of the chapter, ‘Identity,’ social science and neurobiological theories and concepts of identity are investigated. This chapter provides the framework that notions of identity in the research are built upon. The perspective that informs this chapter, like the rest of the book, is a systemic one. Both Jenkins (1996) and Epston and White (1994) have specifically stated systemic perspectives.

Keywords:   body, identity, ageing studies, social science, intellectual inheritance, neurobiological theories, Jenkins, Epston, White

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