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Grandparenting Practices around the World$
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Virpi Timonen

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447340645

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447340645.001.0001

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“I am not that type of grandmother”: (non)compliance with the grandmother archetype among contemporary Czech grandmothers

“I am not that type of grandmother”: (non)compliance with the grandmother archetype among contemporary Czech grandmothers

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(p.253) Thirteen “I am not that type of grandmother”: (non)compliance with the grandmother archetype among contemporary Czech grandmothers
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Grandparenting Practices around the World
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Lucie Vidovićová

Lucie Galčanová

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447340645.003.0013

This chapter discusses the ways in which a literary character from The Grandmother: A story of country life in Bohemia, written in 1855 by Božena Němcová, is translated into the contemporary conceptualization of the ‘typical’ grandmother in popular culture and an archetype in the sociological meaning of the word, and how it serves as a frame of reference for narrative expressions of identity among contemporary Czech grandmothers. The results are based on the analysis of cultural production and qualitative interviews with Czech active agers, who connect the literary character both positively and negatively to changing social role performances via everyday practices such a food preparation, care and appearance. The chapter concludes by enhancing existing typologies of grandparental roles and shows how the normativity of the ideal operates within the narrative accounts of today´s young-old persons..

Keywords:   Archetype, Božena Němcová, Everyday practices, Food preparation, Ideal type, Literary character, Modern lifestyles, Social roles, The Grandmother

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