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De sociala konstruktionerna av hög ålder och funktionsförmåga: exemplet intellektuellt funktionshinder
Institutionen för socialt arbete, Umeå universitet.
2014 (Swedish)In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 51, no 1, 47-64 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The social constructions of old age and ability – the example of intellectual disability

The aim of this article is to analyse and discuss constructions of old age as they are reflected in disability research with the focus on ageing and what it means to be elderly. The results of this study show three tendencies. First, the consequences of the impairment tend to be at forefront in studies of experiences of ageing among persons with intellectual disabilities. This obscures the fact that people with intellectual disabilities partake in a common idealisation of youthfulness that often contains ambivalence towards old age. Second, the concept of old age in disability research embraces significantly wider chronological age groups than those considered in ageing studies. Third, both disability and ageing research tend to use a late modern perspective of individualization as a way to illustrate new options and strategies, including resistance against stigmatisation. This article illustrates that social constructions of disability and old age are tightly interwoven, and constitute negations of normatively defined ideals of normality in a society where ability are highly regarded.

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Sveriges sociologförbund , 2014. Vol. 51, no 1, 47-64 p.
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social construction, intellectual disability, ageing, old age
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-16374OAI: diva2:763305

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