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Growing Old with Mediatization: Reflexivity and Sense of Agency
Department of Media, Cognition and Communication,University of Copenhagen .
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2017 (English)In: Nordicom Review, ISSN 1403-1108, E-ISSN 2001-5119, Vol. 38, no Special Issue 1, p. 53-64Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Computers, tablets, smartphones and mobile phones enable people to act across contexts. For individuals born during the first half of the twentieth century, these social infrastruc-tures for agency arrived late in the life course. This article presents an analysis of a set of interviews that were thematically coded to reveal ways in which the infrastructures figured in reflexive practices among older single-dwelling women. The interviews were patterned by the shared image of a ‘media world’ and the hypothesis of the indispensability of newer media for living a socially integrated life in today’s society. Control of media connected with feelings of dis- or empowerment; ultimately media amplified the participants’ feelings of being autonomous actors. I argue that the newer media infrastructures extend the scope and need for reflexivity and augment the reflexive ageing associated with the continued activity and autonomy of the third age.

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Göteborg: Nordicom, 2017. Vol. 38, no Special Issue 1, p. 53-64
Keywords [en]
mediatization, media infrastructures, culture of ageing, reflexivity, third age
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Social Sciences
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Elderly people; Media
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URN: urn:nbn:se:norden:org:diva-5087DOI: :10.1515/nor-2017-0402.OAI: oai:DiVA.org:norden-5087DiVA, id: diva2:1169428
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