Young athletic bodies and narrative maps of ageing
Journal of Aging Studies
This paper draws on data generated by life history interviews with 22, university based, young athletes to explore their narrative maps of aging. Three key resources were seen to provide information that shaped individual stories of self-aging. These were as follows: family members, older team members, and the undergraduate curriculum. Each of these is considered in turn and the manner in which they are consequential in constructing a feared self that is associated with bodily decline in the future is highlighted. It is suggested that these young athletes constitute a vulnerable group in relation to the aging process. The issue of narrative foreclosure is then discussed prior to suggestions being made as to how these prevailing narrative maps might be challenged and changed.
notes: Conceived and formulated by Phoenix, this unique study examines key sites from where young athletes gather information about the ageing process. It makes a contribution to knowledge by theoretically developing our understanding of how projectors of such information can shape young athlete’s future possible selves positively and / or negatively. In doing so, it illuminates why athletes may be considered a vulnerable group in terms of their expectations and experiences of self-ageing.
Copyright © 2006 Elsevier. NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Aging Studies. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Aging Studies, 2006, Vol. 20, Issue 2, pp. 107 - 121 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jaging.2005.06.002
Journal of Aging Studies, 2006, Vol. 20, Issue 2, pp. 107 - 121