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Title: Narratives of pain in old age : challenging 'ordinary' pain
Author: Becker, Bettina
ISNI:       0000 0001 3453 2257
Awarding Body: University of Winchester
Current Institution: University of Winchester
Date of Award: 1999
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This thesis is based on narrative interviews with older people who live with pain and explores the meanings they develop. From their stories it emerged that constructions of ageing shape the meaning of pain. Pain is consequently constructed as `ordinary', non-disruptive pain that is a natural consequence of ageing. However, the narrators also developed alternative meanings. They constructed their pain as unique and disruptive, contested age-based definitions of their pain, and resisted medical intervention. The thesis explores the conflicts and contradictions that arise out of these multiple constructions.
Supervisor: Walker, Jan ; Coleman, Peter Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Sociology