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Narratives as agents of social change: a new direction for narrative gerontologists

Ruth E. Ray

in Critical perspectives on ageing societies

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9781861348906
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302001 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861348906.003.0005
Narratives as agents of social change: a new direction for narrative gerontologists

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Drawing on ethnographic studies with older adults, as well as the work of feminists from different disciplines, this chapter presents a compelling argument for the need for ‘age research’ to include the researcher him/herself as a subject of observation, analysis and critique. Couched firmly within a critical gerontology perspective and the ‘passionate scholarship’ endorsed in this book, this chapter discusses the relationship between personal and social transformation and describes ethnographic methods that gerontological scholars might use to reflect on their position as researchers, their relationship to older adults, the ethics of their research practices, and the value of their studies beyond academe.

Keywords: age research; critical gerontology; gerontological scholars; ethnographic methods

Chapter.  6502 words. 

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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