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dc.contributor.authorPhoenix, Cassandraen_GB
dc.contributor.authorSparkes, Andrew C.en_GB
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Exeteren_GB
dc.date.accessioned2008-11-05T14:11:35Zen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-01-25T12:07:38Zen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2013-03-20T15:06:37Z
dc.date.issued2006en_GB
dc.description.abstractDrawing upon interviews with 22 young athletes aged on average 20 years, this article examines the ways in which they used observations of the ageing and old age of their family members to shape the ways in which they anticipated the ageing of their own bodies. The representations of the bodies, roles and lifestyles of their parents and grandparents provided ‘narrative maps’ that held pre-presentations of the young athletes’ possible futures. They included both preferred and feared scenarios about middle age and old age, particularly the opportunities they would have for maintaining physical activity and the appearance of their bodies. The young men’s and the young women’s narrative maps differed: the women’s accounts of old age gave more prominence to the loss of appearance, while the men’s focused more on the loss of control and independence. The informants were highly sensitised to the biological dimensions of ageing which, for them, meant the inevitable decline of the material body, especially in performance terms, and both genders recognised social dimensions, particularly that responsibilities to jobs and family would constrain the time available for exercise. To understand more fully young athletes’ experiences of self-ageing, and the family as a key arena for the embodied projection and inscription of ageing narratives, further research is required.en_GB
dc.identifier.citationAgeing and Society (2006), 26:631–648en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10036/40314en_GB
dc.language.isoenen_GB
dc.publisherCambridge University Pressen_GB
dc.relation.urlhttp://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=ASOen_GB
dc.subjectinter-generational family relationshipsen_GB
dc.subjectnarrative mapsen_GB
dc.subjectpossible selvesen_GB
dc.subjectgenderen_GB
dc.subjectbodyen_GB
dc.subjectyoung athletesen_GB
dc.subjectself-ageingen_GB
dc.titleKeeping it in the family: narrative maps of ageing and young athletes' perceptions of their futuresen_GB
dc.typeArticleen_GB
dc.date.available2008-11-05T14:11:35Zen_GB
dc.date.available2011-01-25T12:07:38Zen_GB
dc.date.available2013-03-20T15:06:37Z
dc.identifier.issn0144-686Xen_GB
dc.description© Cambridge University Press 2006. Published version reproduced with the permission of the publisher.en_GB
dc.identifier.eissn1469-1779en_GB
dc.identifier.journalAgeing and Societyen_GB


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