Growing old and still practising competitive sports: An exploration of acting-space and sense-making processes among old women and men
2012 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
The thesis explores how the way athletically active old men and women make sense of their acting-space affects their participation in competitive sports and conversely how their participation in competitive sports affect their sense-making process and acting-space. It puts emphasis on the sociological point of intersection of three different research fields; sports science, critical gerontology and gender studies. Concretely, it is inspired by grounded theory research design and based on interviews with twenty-two athletically active men and women over the age of 65. The thesis consists of four articles, and together these show that men and women experience certain constraints of acting-space in the context of competitive sports, which primarily seem to be related to norms of age and gender. At the same time, the thesis shows that by practising sports old adults, especially old women, are able to transgress these constraints and possibly challenge dominant constructions of age and gender.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå Universitet , 2012. , 42 p.
, Akademiska avhandlingar vid sociologiska institutionen, Umeå Universitet, ISSN 1104-2508 ; A68
aging, sports, gender, acting-space, sense making, old athletes, the process of growing old
Research subject Sociology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-54034ISBN: 978-91-7459-401-0OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-54034DiVA: diva2:515212
2012-05-04, Norra Beteendevetarhuset, Hörsal 1031, Umeå universitet, Umeå, 13:15 (English)
Pfister, Gertrud, Professor
Bengs, Carita, DocentSchnabel, Annette, Docent
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