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Ålder och dess sociala värde: En kvalitativ studie av äldre kvinnors upplevelser av jämlikhet
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Age and its social value : A qualitative study of older womens experiences of equality (English)
Abstract [sv]

Syftet med denna studie var att undersöka hur fyra kvinnor över 75 år upplever jämlikhet i sina liv, med avseende på ålder, genom att göra intervjuer utifrån en fenomenologisk ansats. Ansatsen medförde utgångspunkten att det är individers upplevelser i sin vardagliga värld som har betydelse för att skapa förståelse. Analytiska verktyg i studien har varit delar av Bourdieus teori i Modeskaparen och hans märke, samt Elias och Scotsons teori i Etablerade och outsiders. De intervjuade kvinnorna framhöll att de upplevde sig bli väl bemötta i samhället. Jag finner dock att det, i deras berättelser, går att återfinna inslag av stigmatisering i äldres liv. Detta tar sig bland annat uttryck i att äldres delaktighet i samhället begränsas och att de uppmanas att orientera sig mot centrala delar av yngres värderingar. För att lyckas med det sistnämnda argumenteras det för att det blir särskilt viktigt för äldre att visa sig självständiga. En möjlig anledning till detta föreslås vara att kvinnorna levt hela sina liv i en välfärdsstat där beroende av andra individer inte har varit nödvändigt.

Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to explore how four women over the age of 75 experience equality in their lives with respect to age, by conducting interviews from a phenomenological approach. The point of departure was that it is the experiences of individuals in their life world that is of relevance when striving for understanding. Analytical tools in this study have been parts of the theory presented by Bourdieu in Modeskaparen och hans märke, along with parts of the theory presented by Elias and Scotson in The Established and the Outsiders. The interviewed women emphasised that they perceived themselves to be treated well in society. However, I find that it, in the narratives of the women, is possible to identify elements of stigmatisation in the lives of older people. This is, among other ways, expressed when older people’s participation in society is limited, and when they are encouraged to orient themselves to central aspects of younger peoples values. To achieve the last it is argued that independence is of special importance for older people. One possible reason for this is suggested to be that the women have spent their whole lives in a welfare state where a dependence on other individuals has not been necessary.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 51 p.
Keyword [en]
Equality, ageism, stigmatisation, social gerontology
Keyword [sv]
Jämlikhet, bemötande, ålderism, stigmatisering, socialgerontologi
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-175231OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-175231DiVA: diva2:530632
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Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2012-06-05 Created: 2012-06-04 Last updated: 2012-06-05Bibliographically approved

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