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Ageing in Everyday LifeMaterialities and Embodiments$
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Stephen Katz

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447335917

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447335917.001.0001

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Between ageing and ageism: portrayals of online dating in later life in Canadian print media

Between ageing and ageism: portrayals of online dating in later life in Canadian print media

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(p.99) Six Between ageing and ageism: portrayals of online dating in later life in Canadian print media
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Ageing in Everyday Life
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Julia Rozanova

Mineko Wada

Laura Hurd Clarke

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447335917.003.0006

This chapter examines how Canadian print media portrays online dating in later life, based on data from 144 articles published between 2009 and 2011. Results indicate that online dating extends romantic lives and catalyzes successful aging, while revealing that older persons are no longer competitive in the conventional romantic ‘market.’ Goffman’s concepts around the management of ‘spoiled identity’ and ‘stigma’ are particularly useful in this chapter’s portrayal of online dating as evidence that older adults’ success and failure at later life romance reflect wider debates about the nature of ‘normal’ aging versus idealized ‘successful’ aging on an everyday level. Thus, examples are provided of individuals whose behavior and attitudes successfully refuted and subverted the stereotypes about later life both as a de-sexualized zone and a negotiated one whereby aging-related stigma are brought to the ‘front-stage’ of public discourse while exposing the ‘back-stage’ processes and practices of growing older.

Keywords:   online dating, spoiled identity, later life, print media, ageism, successful aging

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