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Title: An investigation into how women over seventy years old and living in an inner London borough experience and understand their positions as old(er) women
Author: Parkes, Michelle
ISNI:       0000 0004 2698 663X
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 2005
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It has been argued that both mainstream and feminist theory and research that considers questions of ageing and old(er) age, contains biases due to being predicated on middle-aged and problem-focused perspectives. The aim of this investigation was to use a material-discursive epistemology to consider how women over seventy years old, and living in an inner London borough, themselves experience and understand their positions as older women, in order to redress these biases. This aim was split into three parts to emphasise the reflective activity engaged in by the participants, the socio-cultural context in which this took place, and the material aspects of their positions. Seven participants took part in semi-structures interviews, and the resulting transcripts were analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. The participants spoke about their positions as old(er) women from a personal perspective, in terms of the changing roles and relationships associated with their positions, and in terms of changes in contemporary Western societies that had occurred over their lifetimes. In relating the analysis back to the aims of the investigation a number of implications were drawn, that can be considered theoretical, clinical, and political.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psych.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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