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‘I’ For Identity: Reflections on Ageing with a Disability

Roberts, Diane (2007) ‘I’ For Identity: Reflections on Ageing with a Disability. In: Narrative and Memory. University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, pp. 81-90.

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One of the first things that should be made clear in respect of this paper is what
it is not. It is not a psychological examination of identity formation or
maintenance, neither does it relate to growing older and becoming disabled by
the effects of ageing. It is also not about reaching a specific age or having a
specific disability but is about the process of ageing through some
consideration of the variety of roles and identities experienced and negotiated
by those living with a disability as they become older. It is a ‘snapshot’
focused on the initial results from doctoral study which, as a ‘work in
progress’, may provide additional insights as the thesis nears completion. The
initial focus of the thesis was not on identity, however, and a short rehearsal of
the methodology used is needed to show why this emergent theme is regarded
as important.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: Diane began her career at Keele in 1998 as a mature student after over two decades in the finance industry. She is currently employed as the Research Assistant on a project commissioned by the Social Care Institute of Excellence (SCIE) for whom the university is writing a series of Research Briefings for web and print publication. Her personal research interests stem from many years of trade union activity on equality issues and are currently centred around work, ageing and disability. Undergraduate empirical work considered peer attitude to disability in the workplace while the masters supplemented that with work on the production of disability legislation by looking at the UK and Sweden . The PhD thesis which is now nearing completion builds on the ideas which came from both of these and considers aspects of ‘ordinary lives’ and ageing over the life course. This is viewed as a process rather than a stage of ‘being old’, and has been framed by examining the working-life experiences of people with long-term disabilities as they reach mid-life.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences > Narrative and Memory Research Group > Narrative and Memory Research Group Annual Conference
School of Human and Health Sciences
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Depositing User: Graham Stone
Date Deposited: 29 May 2009 14:37
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2015 21:28


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